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This resource includes the Common Core annotated text and marginal notes for President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union Speech delivered on January 12, 2016. This resource includes 100 marginal notes aligned to Common Core standards and elements. Reading and annotating informational texts is a critical component of the Common Core State Standards, and analyzing informational texts is a key skill that students will need for college and the jobs of the future. Using the comment feature in Microsoft Word, this resource includes critical commentary and analysis of:
• Figurative and connotative meanings
• Rhetorical devices (logos, ethos, pathos)
• Parallelism and repetition
• Rhetorical questions
• Themes and Central Ideas
• Organizational Structures
• Author’s Purpose
These literary devices are aligned with the RI1, RI2, RI3, RI4, RI5, and RI6 standards from the Common Core State Standards. The included zipped folder also includes copies of the speech without annotations and marginal notes so that you can reproduce it for students so that they can annotate it. In addition to the identified figurative language, rhetorical devices, etc., the document includes standard alignment for each comment and marginal notes that explain the significance of each identified element. This resource will help teachers to guide students’ close reading of the text and help them to become more critical readers of informational texts. The provided commentary includes Common Core standard references so that you will be able to help students to see how the guided statements and commentary align with specific reading informational standards.