Teach close reading comprehension, literary analysis and paraphrase with a a fun and eye opening nonfiction text: NACIREMA
Enforce Writing & Reading CCSS through relevant and engaging article, powerpoint and activity for 45 - 75 minute lesson.
WHAT IS "NACIREMA"?
An article about "America" from an outside perspective. It sheds light on how we should not judge or criticize other societies or people without first understanding their perspective. The heavily coded text is challenging and fun for secondary students (Grades 6-12) who will feel like they are solving a mystery as they make meaning of the text!
- Powerpoint (PDF & editable PPT)
- Handout (PDF & editable DOC)
- Bell Ringer
- Mini Lesson "How to Paraphrase" Guide (on handout and powerpoint)
- Full nonfiction article and reading response activity (on handout and powerpoint)
- ANSWER KEY
- Make inferences to interpret language
- Paraphrase quotes
- Summarize main idea
- Identify subject, argument, author's purpose & relevant evidence
Your students (between Grades 6 - 12) will LOVE this exercise, as mine did. They will also learn a lot about cultural influences and reinforce anchor common-core standards for writing and reading literature informational text without even realizing it!
A great fun activity to get students invested in reading and writing around the holidays or at the beginning or end of the year!
The Article used in this product, BODY RITUAL AMONG THE NACIREMA, written by Horace Miner, "Body Ritual among the Nacirema," is reproduced with permission of the American Anthropological Association from The American Anthropologist, vol. 58 (1956), pp. 503-507.written by Horace Miner, was accessible from the website: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1525/aa.1956.58.3.02a00080/epdf
THIS PRODUCT IS NOT AFFILIATED WITH HORACE MINER, OR ANY OTHER EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS, WEBSITES, DATABASES OR GROUPS; IT IS FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY.
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