Cluster 3: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

General Information
Number: LAFS.7.RI.3
Title: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
Type: Cluster
Subject: English Language Arts
Grade: 7
Strand: Reading Standards for Informational Text

Related Standards

This cluster includes the following benchmarks.

Related Access Points

This cluster includes the following access points.

Access Points

LAFS.7.RI.3.AP.7a
Compare/contrast how two or more authors write or present about the same topic.
LAFS.7.RI.3.AP.8a
Identify an argument or claim that the author makes.
LAFS.7.RI.3.AP.8b
Evaluate the claim or argument to determine if they are supported by evidence.
LAFS.7.RI.3.AP.8c
Distinguish claims or arguments that are supported by evidence from those that are not.
LAFS.7.RI.3.AP.9a
Use supporting evidence to summarize central ideas, draw inferences or analyze connections within or across texts.
LAFS.7.RI.3.AP.9b
Compare/contrast how two or more authors write about the same topic.
LAFS.7.RI.3.AP.9c
Analyze how two or more authors writing about the same topic shape their presentations of key information by emphasizing different evidence or advancing different interpretations of facts.

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Lesson Plans

Sleep On It: A Close Reading Lesson:

In this lesson, students will conduct a close read of the article, "Why Teenagers Really do Need an Extra Hour in Bed" by Russell Foster (published on April 22, 2013 in Issue 2913 of NewScientist). For the first reading, students will focus on academic vocabulary. In the second reading, students will answer text-dependent questions to guide their comprehension of the article. In the third close reading, students will choose important facts in the article and cross-reference them with other articles to determine the validity and reliability of the evidence. Graphic organizers and worksheets, along with suggested keys and a writing rubric, have been provided. For the summative assessment, students will write a persuasive letter in which they make a claim regarding sleep and support it with textual evidence.

Type: Lesson Plan

A Christmas Memory:

In this lesson, students will read the autobiographical story "A Christmas Memory" by Truman Capote and watch a film version, determining what was emphasized in each account. Students will then write an extended paragraph comparing how the content is addressed through the different mediums of print and film. This activity will develop students' analytical reading and viewing skills, including evaluating the author's / director's craft and purpose.

Type: Lesson Plan

Battling for Liberty: Tecumseh's and Patrick Henry's Language of Resistance:

In this lesson, students will compare and contrast the "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!" speech by Patrick Henry with two speeches by Chief Tecumseh of the Shawnee. This lesson extends the study of Patrick Henry's speech to demonstrate the ways Native Americans also resisted oppression through rhetoric. By examining these three speeches, students can develop a new respect for the Native Americans' politically effective and poetic use of language. Students are challenged to recognize the rhetorical devices used by both men and their own emotional responses to the two speeches, in addition to translating a portion of Henry's speech to emulate the style of Tecumseh.

Type: Lesson Plan

Graphic Organizers For Science Reading/Writing:

This activity emphasizes the importance of teaching reading and writing strategies for students to use with informational text.

Type: Lesson Plan

Lesson Study Resource Kit

Exploring Diversity and Evolution grades 6-8:

This toolkit is designed to assist lesson study teams as they work to develop a unit on natural selection that conforms to the NGSSS for science and the State Standards for mathematics and English language arts.

Type: Lesson Study Resource Kit

Original Student Tutorials

Food For Thought: Analyzing Authors' Approaches:

Learn how different authors can approach the same topic in very different ways. In this interactive tutorial, you'll read several informational texts about how insects are a commonly eaten food in certain parts of the world. You'll practice identifying the central ideas of these texts as well as the authors' use of evidence. 

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Arguing Mars :

Practice identifying and examining the evidence used to support a specific argument. In this interactive tutorial, you'll read several short texts about the exploration of Mars to practice distinguishing relevant from irrelevant evidence. You'll also practice determining whether the evidence presented is sufficient or insufficient

Type: Original Student Tutorial

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Original Student Tutorials

Food For Thought: Analyzing Authors' Approaches:

Learn how different authors can approach the same topic in very different ways. In this interactive tutorial, you'll read several informational texts about how insects are a commonly eaten food in certain parts of the world. You'll practice identifying the central ideas of these texts as well as the authors' use of evidence. 

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Arguing Mars :

Practice identifying and examining the evidence used to support a specific argument. In this interactive tutorial, you'll read several short texts about the exploration of Mars to practice distinguishing relevant from irrelevant evidence. You'll also practice determining whether the evidence presented is sufficient or insufficient

Type: Original Student Tutorial

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