The Common Core Teaching and Learning Strategies for the English and Language Arts, Reading Informational Text, Grades 6-12 was created to display strategies that help to teach lessons within the Common Core standards. 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 careers. 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. These strategies have been constructed with a vision of student success on the upcoming PARCC assessments. Formative assessment suggestions have also been embedded within each template in an effort to continually move learning forward toward skill mastery.