An important aspect of the common core is to have students not only learn information from secondary sources, but to also analyze how those texts were created. The following lesson has students read two different texts about the Panama Canal. One is organized comparatively, and it looks at the differences between building the Suez Canal and Panama Canal. The second reading is organized causally, and it examines how the Panama Canal led to more trade, a new country, and impacted Panama up to today. Students answer questions about the content, analyze how the texts are organized, and write their own summary that is organized sequentially. Included are a lesson plan, a vocabulary activity, the two readings, questions, and an answer key. I hope you enjoy!
Also, if you like this assignment, you might be interested in Applying Common Core: Rise to Power
. It includes 9 reading and writing activities that cover the social studies Common Core standards.
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