Defined STEM's literacy tasks and constructed responses are designed for students in grades 3-12 and have been created using templates from the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) and the future PARCC and Smarter Balanced Assessments. The literacy tasks are developed to align with the Common Core English Language Arts Standards and are meant to promote high-quality student assignments that develop reading, writing, and thinking skills in the context of learning science, history, English, social studies, and other subjects. Informational and argumentative literacy tasks are provided aligned with a career based video and a performance task. Each literacy task provides the student with an overview of the content, guiding questions closely aligned with research articles, a language prompt, tier three vocabulary, and a rubric aligned with the Common Core English Language Arts Standards. The literacy tasks present the students with a "real-world" situation that encourages their writing through either informational or argumentative products.
Through the Defined STEM Literacy Task Editor a teacher can edit the literacy task, remove or add research articles based upon reading level and for the purpose of differentiation. Teachers have the ability to download the rubric, which makes it very simple to edit the rubric to their specifications.