In this nonfiction text about the Chicago Fire of 1871, students explore the historical truths related to poverty, city construction & city services that led to the disaster. Students are asked to develop an argumentative essay which requires them to analyze both text & historical context. The exemplar includes an appendix with additional reading, websites, and photos. Common Core Standards: RI.6.1, RI.7.1, RI.8.1, RI.6.4, RI.7.4, RI.8.4, RI.6.6, RI.7.6, RI.8.6, RI.6.9, RI.7.9, RI.8.9 (addressed in optional homework); RL.6.3, RL.7.3, RL.8.3; W.6.1, W.7.1, W.8.1; RH.6.7, RH.7.7, RH.8.7.
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