Point of View
Compare and Contrast
Celebrate Earth Day by reading about the white tiger's plight. Should white tigers be kept in captivity? Where do white tigers come from? The well known, much loved, white tiger has a controversial past. Explore both sides of this topic with your students! They will read about both sides in two original nonfiction articles. As they explore this topic, they will learn to close read for the author's point of view. Student examples are included!
This is a great way to teach close reading for the author's point of view, without boring the kids to death. :)
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 nonfiction 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.
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. You could also hold a debate at the end of the lesson! Kids love to argue- and it is a great way to let them argue, using text evidence! :)
Included are lots of graphic organizers so you can differentiate, close reading steps, close reading bookmark, five pages of teacher directions, two nonfiction articles, a paragraph frame, 4 different assignment options, student examples, and a rubric. 42 pages in all!
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.
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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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.