Grade 8 ELA Module 4, Unit 1

Student undertaking a close read of text.

In this unit, students analyze authors’ and speakers’ purposes and evaluate the claims they make. Students begin reading the Young Readers Edition of Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma (930L), a high-interest literary nonfiction text about where food comes from and how it gets to our plate. As they read the text, they are involved in a study of the author’s purpose and how to determine what that is. At the same time, they analyze videos of speeches and interviews on the same topic of food and how it gets to our plate in order to analyze a speaker’s purpose. In the second half of the unit, students move on to analyze authors’ and speakers’ claims and whether they use relevant and sufficient evidence and sound reasoning to support their claims. They also read and listen for the use of irrelevant evidence.

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