7th - 12th
What does it mean to read critically? Critical readers look at the author's purpose, attitude, and tone. They draw inferences and identify facts and opinions. Use this guide to help your class become critical readers. Practice opportunities are included.
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Advanced Critical Reading: Hubble
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Advanced Critical Reading: The Great Debates
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Advanced Critical Reading: Generations
In this critical reading worksheet, students read a passage about cycles of American generations then answer three questions based on the reading.
Advanced Critical Reading: Salt
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Critical Reading: Pupils' Behavior Has Worsened
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In this critical reading exercise, students evaluate the credibility of a piece of writing. Students read descriptions of various interest groups and lobbies and identify the group that made a quotation.
Teach Inferences in a Systematic and Engaging Way
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News and News Analysis: Navigating Fact and Opinion in the Times
Help your class understand the difference between fact and opinion by exploring the New York Times homepage and articles. In pairs or small groups, pupils complete a scavenger hunt, answering the provided questions. Next, discuss the hunt and the idea of interpretive journalism. Finally, class members examine two articles about the same event at the sentence level to compare the mix of fact and opinion. An additional extension idea is included if you want to go deeper into the topic.
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