Unit 2: Making Evidence-Based Claims

Making Evidence-Based Claims ELA/Literacy Units empower students with a critical reading and writing skill at the heart of the Common Core: making evidence-based claims about complex texts. These units are part of the Developing Core Literacy Proficiencies Program.

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Grade 6 Unit: Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford University Commencement Address

Grade 7 Unit: Cesar Chavez’s 1984 California Commonwealth Club Address

Grade 8 Unit: Ain’t I a Woman?, Sojourner Truth; Equal Rights for Women, Shirley Chisholm; and Wimbledon Has Sent Me a Message: I’m Only a Second-Class Champion, Venus Williams

Grade 9 Unit: Plato’s Apology (updated unit containing a new translation of the text posted on September 2, 2013)

Grade 10 Unit: Nobel Peace Prize Speeches of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and President Barack Obama

Grade 11 Unit: W.E.B. Du Bois’ The Souls of Black Folk

Grade 12 Unit: President Ronald Reagan’s First Inaugural Address and Secretary Hillary Clinton’s 2011 APEC Address


Making Evidence-Based Claims about Literary Technique Grades 9-12

The Grades 9-12 Making EBC about Literary Technique Units adapt the Making EBC Framework for teaching claim-making about the effects of authorial choice and craft on the meaning of literary texts. The units are built on literary texts from the NYSED 9-12 Text List.

Grade 9: “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber,” Ernest Hemingway

Grade 10: “Because I could not stop for Death,” Emily Dickinson; “Home Burial,” Robert Frost

Grade 11: “The Red Convertible,” Louise Erdrich; “On the Rainy River,” Tim O’Brien

Grade 12: “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love,” Raymond Carver


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