Includes a five paragraph excerpt from "Self Reliance" with five critical thinking questions each of which requires students to cite evidence. 25 point assignment that references the RACES writing strategy (RACES can be used as a 5 point rubric for each question response).
The resource scaffolds students by referencing a specific paragraph in each question.
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I've refined this lesson over several years -- students engage well with this excerpt and the questions hit the critical thinking and close reading sweet spot.