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Day 1: The Declaration of Independence and the First Fourth of July

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.1
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.4
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.5
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In Day 1 of this close reading, rereadings of "The Declaration of Independence and the First Fourth of July" focus on determining the meaning of unknown phrases within the text by defining words within the phrase using context clues and specific text features such as the glossary. This vocabulary work is important for understanding the main idea of the text, as well as the major events that led to the first Fourth of July discussed in Day 4 and Day 5. Because this vocabulary work requires students to use a glossary, consider a text features scavenger hunt prior to the lesson. Ultimately, student comprehension of any text will depend not only on decoding the phrase, but also defining the unknown phrase using the strategies practiced in this lesson. Special Materials: Students should have access to the following materials in this lesson: - Student guided notes sheets - Copies of the anchor text for all students
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