Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Hero or Not? Close reading of Biography to Support an Argument - Section 6: Closure


Since my students have been doing really well with the text structures, I think this lesson would be great right after a quick overview of the structures. I've talked with 4th grade teachers in my building, so I know that next year's 5th graders will have a more in depth understanding of the nonfiction text structures. This will free me up to move from the direct instruction of the structures to a more analytical look at various nonfiction pieces. When I pre-assess my students, I find they are missing the basics of the common core standards. I didn't feel comfortable jumping into analyzing different texts without making sure my students understood the structures. I knew they wouldn't need a week on each structure, but wanted to make sure I gave them a day or two with each to let them interact with the structures before letting them get into the "good" stuff.  My students really enjoyed this lesson and they were super excited to read the article about Mr. Sughiara to see if they could still prove he was a hero. They actually thought the article would be contrary to the views of the biography. I promised them they would see a lot of contrasting opinions in 2 more units. Kids just LOVE argument!

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Hero or Not? Close reading of Biography to Support an Argument

Unit 2: Tearing into Informational Text
Lesson 7 of 9

Objective: SWBAT use key details from a short biography to prove that a historical figure is a hero.

Big Idea: Congratulations! You have been selected to choose the world's next hero. Let's see if you have what it takes to choose wisely.

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English / Language Arts, character trait, Nonfiction (Reading), Nonfiction Literature, close read, text structures, informational text, interactive notebook
  60 minutes
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