Writing About Informational Text: Beyond the Beyond—Galaxies

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Everyone has a different point of view, even when it comes to the enormity of the universe. Two separate text passages explain the scope of a galaxy, prompting young readers to write an essay about each author's argument and how the articles differ from each other.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Connect to a science unit about the scope of the universe for either a cross-curricular assignment or a science lesson with a writing emphasis
  • Encourage learners to find additional informational articles in which authors have clear, and sometimes conflicting, points of view
Classroom Considerations

  • Passages are Lexile® level 1110L and 1010L
Pros

  • Teacher's guide provides writing rubrics and procedural instructions, as well as a way to gauge text complexity
  • Provides writing pages for class members to draft their essays
Cons

  • None
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