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Common Core State Standards
Common Core State Standards

The United States has 50 state governments and over 3,000 county or county-equivalent governments.  Each has an education department.  The federal government also has an education department.  The benefits of diversity are competition, freedom, and innovation.  The detractions of diversity are that some counties and states set lower standards and that student achievement levels vary substantially.  In response, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) "were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce."  The Common Core also serve as a helpful benchmark for homeschooling parent.

"The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy," according to

The CCSS expect all students to have some basic knowledge of the Bible.  By the seventh grade, all students are expected to recognize and to properly interpret biblical figures of speech (e.g., biblical allusions) used in modern writings (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.5a).  This standard presupposes that students can recognize biblical allusions.  By the eighth grade, all students are expected to be able to "[a]nalyze how a modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from ... religious works such as the Bible, including describing how the material is rendered new" (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.9 and CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.9a).  This standard presumes that students are familiar with themes, patterns of events, and characters in the Bible.  By the ninth and tenth grades, all students are expected to be able to analyze how an author draws on and transforms source material in a specific work (e.g., "a theme or topic from Ovid or the Bible") (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.9 and CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.9a).

Balancing the Sword is designed to impart to students knowledge of the charactersthemes, vocabulary, figures of speech, and plots found in the Bible.  Likewise, BTS teaches students how to carefully read complex writings to answer text-dependent questions and to use close reading strategies, as directed by the CCSS.

Author: Allen B. Wolfe

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Balancing the Sword is a structured study guide for every chapter of the Bible.