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Words We Live By: Annotated Guide to Constitution

Grade Level Grades 6-8
Resource Type Lesson Plan
Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards


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This exemplar allows for an in-depth look at three of the most highly charged words in the Constitution and offers a brief history of how the phrase “We the People” has been interpreted. Suitable for both ELA and History classrooms, students will examine the author's arguments and, through writing, develop their own theories about the Preamble. The exemplar provides specific guidance to teachers for evaluating student writing and contains an activity for small student groups of mixed ability. Common Core Standards: RI.8.1, RI.8.2, RI.8.3, RI.8.5, RI.8.6; W.8.2, W.8.4, W.8.9.

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Lesson Plan
February 10, 2020
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Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).
Analyze in detail the structure of a specific paragraph in a text, including the role of particular sentences in developing and refining a key concept.
Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author acknowledges and responds to conflicting evidence or viewpoints.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.


1 Review
A very thorough and extensive resource.
December 15, 2013