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Day 1: "Denver's Street-Smart Prairie Dogs"

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.1 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/1
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.4 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/4
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This lesson plan is anchored by the text "Denver's Street Smart Prairie Dogs" from Smithsonian.com. This focus question asks students to analyze the author’s deliberate use of playful language to determine the tone of an informational text. Students will need to identify figurative, connotative and technical meanings. In the culminating writing task, analyzing the tone will enable the students to understand the development of the central ideas. This lesson establishes the text’s conversational style that impacts the structure of the text, the evidence of claims, and the development of central ideas. Special Materials: Students should have access to the following materials for this lesson: -Student guided notes sheet -Copies of the anchor text for all students