Grade 8 ELA Module 4, Unit 3 Overview

Student working on written assignment in class.

In this unit, students use their research and their position speech from Unit 2 to write a position paper to answer the question: Which of Michael Pollan’s four food chains would you choose to feed the United States? The paper must include a claim to answer the question, two reasons for making that claim, and evidence to support each of the reasons. There must also be a counterclaim and response. Students analyze a model position paper to guide them in the writing process and plan their essay one paragraph at a time. For the performance task at the end of the unit, students create a visual representation of their position paper.

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