This reading/writing unit covers several common core standards.
During this unit, the following objectives will be met:
-Students will be able to identify the author’s purpose
-Students will be able to identify the author’s tone
-Students will be able to identify the author’s perspective, or viewpoint
-Students will create a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting two articles
-Students will use evidence to support their an opinion-based topic sentence
-Students will construct an essay using textual evidence
-Students will express their opinion aloud and cite supporting evidence, during a mock debate
-These worksheets can be used to teach students about the author’s tone, purpose, and perspective.
Students will read two different articles about the same explorer, Christopher Columbus, but will detail the way the author’s purpose, tone, and perspective are different in each article. Students will then choose a viewpoint and write an essay supporting their opinion. Lastly, students can use their completed essays to have a mock debate.
I included another set of articles, both about the ban of soda in schools. Again, students will detail how the author's purpose, tone, and perspective are different in each article. They can follow the same formula as the initial two articles and construct an essay based on their own opinion and debate which point of view is stronger.
I also included three resource sheets to help students understand what it means to identify tone, perspective, and purpose.