Reflection: Standards Alignment Notable Narratives 1: Reading Biographical Texts Closely - Section 3: Label New Learning


One of the key shifts in the ELA CCSS is that students will build knowledge in the disciplines, or about the world, through texts, rather than through the teacher or through teacher-directed activities.  So, in the past, where we might tell the students about Booker T. Washington and why he is notable, students uncover this information and make these connections through reading texts at a complex level.  I think this lesson, and this particular set of lessons within this biography unit, is one example of how we can help meet this shift as we implement the ELA CCSS.

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Notable Narratives 1: Reading Biographical Texts Closely

Unit 5: Biography Unit
Lesson 1 of 8

Objective: SWBAT read a text closely to determine what the text says explicitly and cite specific textual evidence when speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

Big Idea: In this lesson, students will gain an understanding of what makes a person “notable” by reading a biographical narrative closely and asking and answering questions about the notable person based on the text.

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English / Language Arts, biography (Nonfiction Lit), close reading, biographical text
  45 minutes
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