Pandemics in Fiction - Informational Text - Analyzing Tropes - Assessing Claims

Nouvelle ELA
Grade Levels
7th - 10th
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This informational text presents five myths/exaggerations found in pandemic fiction and the science behind the truth. Each point includes an example from books, movies, or video games along with a refute from a scientist. You get a pre-reading activity asking students to assess the accuracy of common tropes and a post-reading activity for using vocabulary in context. Includes digital versions of the worksheets and article. (grades 7-10)

What You Get:

1. Pre-Reading Activity - Gauging Accuracy

2. Magazine-Style Informational Text: "Pandemic: Fact vs. Fiction"

3. Word Work: Vocabulary in context - Students use target vocabulary to analyze text and make inferences.

4. Digital version

About the Questions:

This passage has been written with 8th and 9th grade reluctant readers in mind. It was originally written to accompany the TERMINUS Digital Breakouts series, but can be used separately.

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Total Pages
7 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; recognize when irrelevant evidence is introduced.
Analyze in detail the structure of a specific paragraph in a text, including the role of particular sentences in developing and refining a key concept.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


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