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Working with Evidence and Making Claims: Unit 1

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Subject English Language Arts — Reading Standards for Fiction
Grade Level Grades 9-12
Resource Type Lesson Plan
Standards Alignment


"Students will analyze how authors develop and refine central ideas as they read two texts that consider the central ideas of madness and obsession"

Aligned with CCSS:
RL.9-10.2, RL.9-10.4, RL.9-10.5
W.9-10.2.b, d, W.9-10.9.a, SL.9-10.1.a
L.9-10.1, L.9-10.2, L.9-10.5.a, b

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Lesson Plan
February 13, 2020
1.6 MB


Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.


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