Standards and Rigor

Common Core English Language Arts Standards

Re-Imagine Education's curriculum is aligned to the following Common Core English Language Arts Standards via rigorous close readings connected to text dependent questions (see Text Dependent Questions below for more information). Visit  www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/11-12/ for more information on each standard.

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ACT College and Career Readiness Standards for Reading

Re-Imagine Education's curriculum is aligned to the following ACT College and Career Readiness Standards for Reading via close readings and text dependent questions (see Text Dependent Questions below for more information). Visit www.act.org/content/act/en/college-and-career-readiness/standards/reading-standards.html for more information on each standard.

  • Close Reading: 701, 702, 703, 704, 705, & 706
  • Central Ideas, Themes, and Summaries: 701, & 702
  • Relationships: 701, 702, & 703
  • Word Meanings and Word Choice: 701, 702 & 703
  • Text Structure: 702 & 703
  • Point of View: 702
  • Arguments: 701, 702 & 703

Critical Literacy

Critical literacy encompasses the skills required to analyze a piece of media or text and disseminate the embedded biases and prejudices in the author's work. Re-Imagine Education's curriculum helps students develop these skills by: (1) teaching students to view the world through new lenses, (2) providing comparative texts,  (3) using text dependent questions that have students analyze an author's words, connotations, perspectives, and deeper meanings, and (4) asking direct questions about biases in lesson extension activities.


We utilize a range of text dependent questions that align our curriculum to Common Core and ACT standards while also building critical literacy skills. Below are some examples of text dependent questions asked in the curriculum:

  • How do the central ideas present in this text relate to X?
  • What connotations does the word X have? Why might this be important?
  • What is the purpose of X?
  • What is the author's main claim? How does he/she/they support this claim throughout the text?
  • Compare and contrast X and Y.
  • Cite examples from the text of X.
  • What lines best explain the author's main point? 

Text Dependent Questions (TDQs)


Close reading is a thoughtful, critical analysis of a short text that focuses on significant details or patterns in order to develop a deep, precise understanding of the text's form, craft, meanings, etc. In a close reading lesson, readings are generally shorter in length to enable students to go deeper into the text. Our close reading lessons are generally two–five paragraphs in length to allow students time to focus on uncovering precise understandings and to critically analyze the text.

Close Reading