This excerpt of "Indian Education" evaluates students' close reading skills. In my classroom, it is a reading read in conjunction with Into the Wild and Transcendentalism due its themes related to conformity.
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Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.