Reflection: Practice Three Identifying Claim and Evidence, Day Two of Two - Section 2: "Common Sense" Claim and Evidence Practice, cont.


This lesson used just a brief excerpt from "Common Sense," only three paragraphs. On one hand, this short of an excerpt doesn't offer much information to pull. On the other hand, more text can be overwhelming for students. Over the past few years, I've found that less is more when it comes to providing text to students, and they agree. I've polled my classes several times on their preference; they would much prefer to limit their search to smaller portions of text. Some students explain that a smaller text allows them to analyze until they understand the whole text, a valid reason, to be sure.

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Practice Three Identifying Claim and Evidence, Day Two of Two

Unit 5: Finding and Evaluating Claim and Evidence in Informational Texts
Lesson 9 of 18

Objective: Students will be able to identify claim and evidence in a grade-level text by analyzing Paine's "Common Sense" excerpts.

Big Idea: Government for the people, by the people--Paine's claims, continued.

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