"To conform or not to conform?...That is the question" Getting students to read informational text can be trying, but the topic of conformity will spark their interest. The new Common Core State Standards place a greater emphasis on critical thinking and implementing expository and nonfiction texts into the English Language Arts curriculum. Understanding the basics of analyzing the rhetorical situation, mood and tone, and author's purpose and point of view are essential to understanding nonfiction texts. This 4-5 day unit teaches the fundamentals of analyzing informational text with the unique acrostic "R.E.A.D.S"
Recognize (purpose, tone, point of view)
Develop (questions and judgments)
Summarize (the main idea of the text)
This multi-faceted unit integrates listening skills, reading strategies, and writing skills, as students analyze each of these elements to develop practical skills in analyzing nonfiction texts.
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This Unit Includes
1. Common Core Alignment
2. Student Notes and Handouts
3. Video links and analysis worksheet
4. Teacher "day by day" schedule
5. Articles for Analysis
6. Writing Task and Rubric
7. PPT Lectures
Acrostic Poems Introducing the Essential Question: Use the Essential Question worksheet in pairs or groups to facilitate students understanding of the common theme found within the quotes concerning conformity. Have students complete the video analysis worksheet (pause the video at teacher’s discretion to pace student work and understanding). Have students compare answers in pairs or groups. Use the “Acrostic Poem” worksheet to have students create “CONFORM” acrostic poems (either in pairs or groups). Use the poems to decorate the classroom during the unit.
Active Reading and Annotations
Purpose Use the Active Reading and Annotation Handouts to teach students the fundamentals of Close Reading found in the “READS” system for analyzing informational text and the ICE system for taking annotations.
Introduce students to the “Close Reading READS Assignment” sheet and explain the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd read in close reading of informational text.
Use the 3 different “Determining Purpose, Viewpoint & Bias” handouts to instruct students on essential terms and concepts for their first close read.
1st Read “The Sadness of Conformity” 1. Analyze title to make predictions 2. Underline statements that reveal the author’s viewpoint and purpose.
Tone and Mood
Logos Review fundamentals of 1st, 2nd, 3rd read in close reading (READS assignment sheet), and review student’s annotations identifying the author’s viewpoint and purpose.
Use the “Analyzing Tone and Mood” handouts to instruct students on the essential terms and concepts surrounding tone and mood.
Have students complete their first read and look for connotative words and figurative language that establish the author’s tone in the article.
Explain the concept of Rhetorical Appeals and Ethos/Pathos/Logos. Have students review their analysis of tone and identify the author’s use of Rhetorical Appeals.
Evaluate Evidence &
Worksheet Review the Facts vs Opinions handout and have students complete their 3rd read of the “Sadness of Conformity” article. In the 3rd read students should evaluate the details/evidence used to support the author’s viewpoint/purpose, and develop personal questions or judgments in the margins. Have students use their annotations to fill in the READS handout.
Have students complete another Close Reading process on the “5 Reasons Anticonformity is Worse than Conformity” article.
Writing Use writing task and rubric to assess students understanding and analysis of the articles.
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