This activity allows students to gather information, take notes, and complete an essay based on the process used to assess them through high-stakes testing. Students will read and take notes on a Fact Sheet about the manatee, the crested caracara, and the American Alligator. They will then read a blog entry called Exploring Florida and More: Interesting Animals. Then they will read a narrative called A Visit to Remember. Using the graphic organizer provided, they will also synthesis the information read. Finally, they will organize their writing and write an opinion writing piece based on the Common Core Standards expectations in testing. Opinion Writing student notebook page is included!
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