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A great way to introduce students to citing a claim with evidence from a text while teaching the content!
Included are different leveled readings, so that you can differentiate according to ability. This way everyone reads the same text, but does something different with it, allowing them to develop their skills while ensuring they understand the content.
In addition to citing evidence from a text, students will work on using MLA in-text citations. I have found this to be a great scaffolded activity prior to a research project!
Level 1: Citing evidence from a text with a direct quote
Level 2: Citing evidence from a text with an indirect quote
Level 3: Citing evidence from a text and explaining/analyzing how it proves the claim
Level 4: Writing your own claim and citing evidence to support it
This particular reading guide is intended for Upfront Magazine's article 1920: Women Get the Vote, and is available on Scholastic's website, but this strategy can be adapted to ANY content, so long as you have a reading to go with it!
***UPDATE: Unfortunately, Scholastic has changed their website and removed archived articles, so this article is no longer online. The article itself can be found in the September 6, 2010 copy of Upfront. To find a copy of the article go to the link below