Cluster 4: Range of Reading and Level of Text ComplexityArchived

General Information
Number: LAFS.8.RI.4
Title: Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
Type: Cluster
Subject: English Language Arts - Archived
Grade: 8
Strand: Reading Standards for Informational Text

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Access Points

LAFS.8.RI.4.AP.10a
Read or listen to a variety of texts, including historical novels, periodicals, biographies, essays, speeches, journals, news articles and nonfiction novels.
LAFS.8.RI.4.AP.10b
Use a variety of strategies (e.g., use context, affixes and roots, use reference materials to derive meaning from a variety of print/non-print texts).

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Lesson Plans

One for All? Or Not. A Close Read of Distresses of a Frontier Man:

This lesson is based on Letter XII: Distresses of a Frontier Man by J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur. This "letter" is one of a collection of essays in an epistolary format from the collection, Letters from an American Farmer (1782). In this lesson, students will focus on using various vocabulary strategies to decode challenging vocabulary words from the text. To assist in comprehension, students will read and analyze the text through a chunking strategy where they will participate in text-marking, summarizing, and answering text-dependent questions. The culminating assignment will allow students to develop an argumentative written response that is supported by the text.

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CIS: Fat Weighs Heavy on the Brain:

This CIS lesson is a deep reading lesson intended to be completed with 8th grade students. The article presents research regarding the impact obesity has not only on physical health, but on cognition as well. Students return to the article looking for information three times. Students present the evidence they collect while reading in a short writing assignment that is re-visited and shaped throughout the lesson.

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CIS: The Science of Sleepy Teenagers:

This CIS lesson is a deep reading lesson intended to be completed with 8th grade students. The article presents science on the sleep patterns of adolescents and asks students to determine how the information should impact school start times. Students return to the article looking for information three times. Students present their claim and text-based evidence in a short writing assignment that is revisited and shaped throughout the lesson.

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What is Normal? Exploring Connotations and Denotations:

The goal of this lesson is to give students the opportunity to explore the connotations and denotations of the word "normal" and its various meanings. Through the use of "Us and Them," a personal essay by David Sedaris, students will explore the various beliefs and points of view of "normal" based on the picture painted by Sedaris. Students will need to consider the emotional context of words and how diction reveals an author's tone and message, as well as how the use of irony can impact the tone of a piece. Students will also read and analyze a Time article, "An In-Depth View of America by the Numbers," by Nancy Gibbs. For the summative assessment, students will write an explanatory essay (several prompts are provided) about normality using evidence from the texts studied in the lesson for support.

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Text Resource

How the Civilian Conservation Corps Worked:

This informational text resource is intended to support reading in the Social Studies content area. It is most appropriate for 6th-8th grade students enrolled in a U.S. History class. In this essay, the author details the Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps, explaining to readers how the organization formed, functioned and operated during its heyday in the 1930s.

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