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Informational Text for Secondary Students: President Kennedy

Grade Levels
9th - 12th, Homeschool
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21 pages
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This informational text and subsequent questions are perfect for secondary students.
This nonfiction reading response activity includes links to nonfiction articles and videos for a complete lesson about President Kennedy's assassination. This bundle includes close reading options, writing prompts, extension activities, and a complete lesson plan.

This specific nonfiction reading response activity asks students to look at different perspectives from people who were involved in history on November 22, 1963. Students will read articles and watch videos from the doctor who took care of President Kennedy, a grave digger at Arlington National Cemetery, Mrs. Johnson, and Mrs. Connally. Students will consider these different perspectives and write about what details were emphasized by each perspective.

This nonfiction reading response activity engages students because they are curious about America's reactions, the conspiracy theories, and the popularity of President Kennedy. Students become very involved with the discussion and reading.

→Detailed lesson plans for the articles and writing assignment. Includes the links to the articles, video, and extension activities.

→Questions specific to the article and graphic organizers for analyzing differing perspectives of that day.

→Instructional sheets for the students for crafting a mature nonfiction reading response.

→A rubric for grading written responses.

The lesson plan is designed for flexibility. It takes me five days to complete all the nonfiction activities and have students write their responses. You could add a day (I've included extension activities) or take a day away if you wanted to assign homework.

(The preview for this nonfiction reading response activity includes the first two pages of the lesson plan.) I marked the standards I meet with this informational text activity.

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Total Pages
21 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Analyze various accounts of a subject told in different mediums (e.g., a person’s life story in both print and multimedia), determining which details are emphasized in each account.
Analyze in detail how an author’s ideas or claims are developed and refined by particular sentences, paragraphs, or larger portions of a text (e.g., a section or chapter).
Analyze how the author unfolds an analysis or series of ideas or events, including the order in which the points are made, how they are introduced and developed, and the connections that are drawn between them.
Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.


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