Grade 8 ELA, Reading Closely for Textual Details: We Had to Learn English

Immigrants at Ellis Island, New York Public Library Digital Gallery Early 20th Century

Overview
This English Language Arts /Literacy Unit empowers students with a critical reading and writing skill at the heart of the Common Core: Reading complex texts closely to analyze textual details and deepen understanding.

This unit develops students’ abilities to read closely for textual details and compare authors’ perspectives through an examination of a series of texts about immigration through Ellis Island.

Unit Components
The unit components are divided into separate PDF files for ease of use. The files may be downloaded individually or in a single zip file.

UNIT PLAN AND TEXTS HANDOUTS
RC Unit Plan – G8 We Had to Learn English
RC Unit Texts – G8 We Had to Learn English
Guiding Questions Handout
Reading Closely Checklist
TCD Checklist
MODEL TOOLS TOOLS
Questioning Texts – Riis
Analyzing Details – Riis
Questioning Texts
Analyzing Details

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Zip File: This file contains ALL unit components pre-organized into folders:
Reading Closely CCSS Unit – Zip File of All Documents

Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RI.8.1 Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly...
RI.8.2 Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text,...
RI.8.6 Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author acknowledges...

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