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This activity can be assigned as a homework assignment, or completed in-class as a learning activity. It features Andy Goldsworthy's natural sculptures as well as an interview (information text), and has students paraphrase, analyze, and evaluate. Made initially for a 1:1 classroom, this activity also works well as a paper/pencil activity. It provides models and scaffolds to provide students with a challenge as they work individually, in pairs, groups or as a class. It's versatile and great for practice, a lesson, or even sub plans. Enjoy!
By the end of grade 11, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem.
Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the structure an author uses in his or her exposition or argument, including whether the structure makes points clear, convincing, and engaging.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term or terms over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).
Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to provide a complex analysis; provide an objective summary of the text.