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Nonfiction Close Reading - The Holidays: A Bit More Giving, A Bit Less Getting

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9th - 12th, Homeschool
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  1. Whether it is fall, winter, spring, or almost summer, these nonfiction readings will have students closely examining the text for evidence. Engage your students in interesting holiday/seasonal articles with rigorous CCSS-aligned, text-based questions followed by suggested after reading activities. P
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Nonfiction Close Reading - The Holidays: A Bit More Giving, A Bit Less Getting

This nonfiction close reading focuses on a New York Times article titled "The Holidays: A Bit More Giving, A Bit Less Getting." A great reading to get students thinking about their own values during the holiday season whether they celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa and engage students in those last crazy days before winter break. After reading, students will use evidence to answer text-based questions, which cover nine of ten of the Common Core Informational Standards. Students will also have a choice of engaging after reading activities, including service learning and project based learning activities.

*a close reading guide
*answer key
*Common Core standards covered
*suggested after reading activities
*link to New York Times article

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5 pages
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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
By the end of grade 11, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Delineate and evaluate the reasoning in seminal U.S. texts, including the application of constitutional principles and use of legal reasoning (e.g., in U.S. Supreme Court majority opinions and dissents) and the premises, purposes, and arguments in works of public advocacy (e.g., The Federalist, presidential addresses).
Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem.
Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness, or beauty of the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term or terms over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).


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