The following strategies have been compiled to connect the Common Core State Standards to best practices. All efforts have been made to align with research outlined in Appendix A of the Common Core State Standards for English and Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects.This document has placed special emphasis on student interaction with increasingly complex text. Emphasis has also been placed on developing the skill of close analytic reading and increasing competency in the comparison and synthesis of ideas. In addition, the templates that follow have been designed to help students grapple with more complex vocabulary in preparation for college and career. Common Core Standards for Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language are layered within strategy suggestions to model the use of standards as vehicles for enhancing and assessing reading comprehension.