Strike passion in your students with an engaging topic!
Should killer whales (orcas) be held captive in zoos and aquariums?
Explore both sides of this controversial debate. Students will close read to discover the author's point of view in each nonfiction article.
Video of me teaching the first day of this lesson!
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Common Core Aligned Literacy Lesson
Close Reading for the Author's Point of View
Finding Evidence to Support the Author's Point of View
Students will read two articles that are from two different points of view. They will close read them and write an essay comparing and contrasting the author's point of view. Includes differentiated assignments!
The topic is Killer Whales- should they be kept in captivity or not? Each article is factual and takes up one side of the debate. Through close reading students will find evidence to support each author's point of view.
Included are step by step directions that use the gradual release model. I do, we do, you do.
1. Close Reading Poster
2. How to Mark Up the Text Poster
3. Step by step directions for the teacher
4. Two articles: each one is 3 pages long
5. Graphic Organizers
Standards met: Common Core Standards:
This unit is written for grades 4-6. It meets these standards for each grade level listed. Teachers can modify it to fit their grade, students, and other standards as needed. I hope these standards listed will serve as a guide when planning your lessons.
English Language Arts Standards
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.
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