Point of View
Compare and Contrast
Does the Megalodon Shark still exist? Is he terrorizing the Sea of Cortez? Massive sharks, three times the size of a Great White Shark, have been reported in the Sea of Cortez. Is it the once believed to be extinct, Megalodon Shark? Explore both sides of this exciting controversy with your students!
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 the prehistoric megalodon shark. 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.
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.
Also, if you like this lesson, you should check out some of my others:
Close Reading Killer Whales
Are the Bees Disappearing? Close Reading Lesson
Close Reading Yellowstone Wolves
The Loch Ness Monster Close Reading Unit
Megalodon Shark Close Reading Unit
Do Mermaids Exist? Close Reading Unit
Shark Controversy Close Reading Unit
Bigfoot Close Reading Unit
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