Point of View
Compare and Contrast
Mermaids.... do they exist? Some people believe there are mermaids, or aquatic humanoids, hiding deep in the ocean. Some believe there is no such thing. Included in this lesson are two nonfiction articles, each one taking a different point of view on the topic of mermaids. The original articles are extensively researched and written by me.
I wrote this lesson because I wanted an interesting topic that would catch my students' attention. I also was frustrated trying to find articles that showed a clear point of view about a similar topic. I wanted non fiction articles that would be easy to teach with; but would challenge my students at the same time. Point of view, compare and contrast, and supporting answers with evidence is all over the common core standards and PARCC testing. I created this lesson as an interesting way to teach and learn these skills.
This lesson is focused around two non fiction articles about mermaids. The goal is to close read for the author's point of view, find supporting details (text evidence), compare and contrast the author's point of view, and finally write an essay.
Included are close reading steps, close reading bookmark, five pages of teacher directions, two non fiction articles, graphic organizers, assignment options, and a rubric.
This lesson is designed to be taught as an I do, we do, you do model of teaching and learning. It can be modified to fit your needs and your students' needs. You could use it as a whole class lesson, mini-lesson, shared reading, partner reading, independent work, etc. I included directions for how I used it in my classroom last year. I taught sixth grade last year; but this could easily work in fifth grade or even fourth grade. I plan on using it again next year.
English Language Arts Standards Met:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.1Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.5Compare and contrast the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in two or more texts.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.1Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.6Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text.