Grade 6 ELA Module 2A, Unit 1, Lesson 12

Student reading text.

In this end of unit assessment, students read an excerpt from President Barack Obama’s Back-to-School Speech from 2009. They independently apply the same reading strategies and skills they practiced in reading and analyzing the Steve Jobs speech.
The assessment begins with students reading along as they hear this excerpt delivered by President Obama. Students then answer a series of short-response questions and complete a Forming Evidence-Based Claims graphic organizer in response to a focusing question.
• In advance: Read the excerpt of the speech (see supporting materials). Prepare equipment to play the video version of the speech timed 15:44–18:59. If this equipment is unavailable, you can read Paragraphs 15–26 aloud to your class.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RI.6.2 Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a...
RI.6.5 Analyze how a particular sentence, paragraph, chapter, or section fits into the overall structure...

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