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American Literature: Common Core Workshop (Reading Info Text and Writing Task)

Kirk's Corner
Grade Levels
11th, Higher Education
Formats Included
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60 pages
Kirk's Corner


Looking for a creative technique to model Common Core expectations? Here it is! Completely FREE!

This bundle is a Common Core Workshop using Stephen Prothero's "Introduction" from his text "The American Bible." Our students used an excerpt, but the idea worked very well to introduce students to the power of words and the concept of Americanism WHILE exposing them to CC expectations.

This lesson was designed for a 90-minute block and took three days to complete the learning and have students produce a draft of the writing assignment. This product works through thoroughly modeling the process of close reading, text-dependent questions, and the dreaded writing task.

This bundle is available for free because I cannnot include the excerpt of the text and since it is not in the text you would have to buy it on your own anyway.

At Kirk's Corner it is our goal to produce high-quality products for use in the classroom. Because we all know canned programming does not work, you may want to make some changes to this product before implementing it in your classroom.

As with all products, we welcome your specific feedback in order to produce the best products for the best instructional delivery and student achievement.

Note: The official text for this course is Prentice Hall's Literature: The American Experience (Common Core Edition).

UPDATE: 8/24
I found someone posted the Introduction online for free. I have now included a link to that document in the product bundle.
Total Pages
60 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.


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