Unit 1: Reading Closely for Textual Details

These English Language Arts /Literacy Units empower students with a critical reading and writing skill at the heart of the Common Core: Reading complex texts closely to analyze textual details and deepen understanding.

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Part 1. Understanding Close Reading: Students learn what it means to read a text closely by attending to and analyzing textual details. Students analyze visual-based texts.

Part 2. Questioning Texts: Students learn to use questions to guide their approach to, reading, and deeper analysis of texts. Students read and analyze informational texts.

Part 3. Analyzing Details: Students learn to analyze textual detail as a key to discovering meaning. Students read, analyze, and compare texts.

Part 4. Explaining Understanding: Students learn how to summarize and explain what they have learned from their reading, questioning, and analysis of texts. Students read and analyze three related texts.

Part 5. Discussing Ideas: Students learn the characteristics of an effective text-based discussion and demonstrate skills in leading and participating in one.


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Grade 6: “The wolf you feed”

Grade 7: “At the Pole”

Grade 8: “We had to learn English.”

Grades 9-10: “Brain Gain”

Grades 9-10: “Modern battlefield”

Grades 11-12: “Promised Land”

Grades 11-12: “Lay down all my joys”

Grade 12: “Life steps almost straight.”


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