Lesson plan

Day 4: "Denver's Street-Smart Prairie Dogs"

teaches Common Core State Standards RI.7.8 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/8
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.7.5 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/5
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.7.2 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/2
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.7.1 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/1

Day 4: "Denver's Street-Smart Prairie Dogs"

This lesson plan is anchored by the text "Denver's Street Smart Prairie Dogs" from Smithsonian.com. The purpose is to clearly identify sufficient support/evidence within the text that humans have a conflicted nature toward prairie dogs. It is scaffolded on the lessons that have established structure, point of view and tone. This question is an analysis of the strength of a central idea that is moderately complex because it can be interpreted multiple ways. The supporting questions draw the students' focus to specific pieces of evidence to evaluate. 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