Have you seen what is required through the Common Core in Literacy in subjects such as Social Studies, Science, and Technical Courses for Middle Schoolers?
1. Distinguishing among fact, opinion and reasoned judgment in a text.
2. Supporting claims with logical reasoning and relevant, accurate data and evidence that demonstrate an understanding of a topic or text, using credible sources.
3. Producing clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Infusing these skills immediately into middle school lessons in Science, Social Studies and other subjects is a good idea. There is no need to wait until Common Core Standards are officially upon us.