Students identify statements that the author uses to persuade the reader's opinion about the Everglades. Students then write or choose the author's intended message. The format is based on the Smarter Balance ELA practice test. My students understand text better and score higher on assessments if they use a graphic organizer as they read.
This is a PDF file to be used as a companion to the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2012), Journeys selection "Everglades Forever," fifth grade lesson 2.8. Two versions of the activity are included to better meet the needs of your students.
I have written companion materials for all of the fifth grade Journeys lessons. I am in the process of offering the lessons in unit bundles at a reduced cost. Feedback is appreciated.