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Day 2: "The Great Chicago Fire"

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/4/4
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.7 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/4/7
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This lesson focuses the students on the figurative language the author uses to help the reader gain a deeper understanding of just how devastating the fire was. Fourth graders need to understand that authors use figurative language in non-fiction text to convey the overall meaning. The day begins with a rereading of the first two pages of the text. Then, students can work with a partner or in a small group to answer the text dependent questions as they return to the first two pages of the text. The focus question should be completed independently. Special Materials: Students should have access to the student guided reading notes and a copy of the anchor text.