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

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11th, Higher Education
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60 pages
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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.

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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).
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to provide a complex analysis; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze a complex set of ideas or sequence of events and explain how specific individuals, ideas, or events interact and develop over the course of the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term or terms over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).
Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the structure an author uses in his or her exposition or argument, including whether the structure makes points clear, convincing, and engaging.


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