English Language Arts Grade 11-12
Reading: Informational Text Standard 5
Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the structure an author uses in his or her exposition or argument, including whether the structure makes points clear, convincing, and engaging.
Comic Book Templates: An Entry Point into Nonfiction
This Teaching Channel video demonstrates how to help your students analyze the structure of informational texts. (8 minutes)
Perspective on the Slave Narrative
This lesson plan introduces students to one of the most widely-read genres of 19th-century American literature and an important influence within the African American literary tradition even today. The lesson focuses on the Narrative of William W. Brown, An American Slave (1847), which, along with the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (1845), set the pattern for this genre and its combination of varied literary traditions and devices. To help students recognize the complex nature of the slave narrative, the lesson explores Brown's work from a variety of perspectives.
Self-Assessment Rubric - Close Reading of Informational Text
This self-assessment reading rubric will help Grade 11 and 12 students assess their reading of informational text.
The Declaration of Independence: "An Expression of the American Mind"
This lesson plan is divided into two parts. Activity 1: The structure of the Declaration: introduction, main political/philosophical ideas, grievances, assertion of sovereignty. Activity 2: The ideological/political origins of the ideas in the Declaration.
Using Informational Texts - Section One
Text Selections based on Text Complexity (Grade Band 11-12)
Using Informational Texts - Section Two
Teacher & Student Editions - Learning Tasks and Cognitive Rigor (Grade Band 11-12)
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