Reflection: Performance Tasks Using Non-fiction Articles To Analyze Fiction For Author Visit - Section 2: Group Reading Time and Work


One big shift in the Common Core is the use of textual evidence. When students make claims in a book, they need to support it with evidence. It's not enough to give a strong idea but now they need to support it. This lesson helps them build the skills of not only supporting their ideas but also finding the evidence.

I think the articles work well because they break down the ideas of bullying and grief into manageable tasks. By doing that, students have a focus for finding evidence. While it still may be difficult to go back through an entire book, at least they can focus their thinking. Since this is group work, it also alleviates some of the pressure of finding evidence throughout the entire book.

This is one of the few times that I have not heard students groan when I told them they need to find evidence. I think the reason behind this is because they have a clear focus. Some of the work is already done for them now they just need to pull it out of the book.

  Finding Evidence
  Performance Tasks: Finding Evidence
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Using Non-fiction Articles To Analyze Fiction For Author Visit

Unit 11: Independent Reading II
Lesson 9 of 9

Objective: SWBAT use informative text to develop understanding of a theme in a novel.

Big Idea: The book may be done but the thinking is not. Using news articles to deepen our understanding of theme.

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