Lesson plan

Day 1: "Crawling Around with Baltimore Street Rats"

teaches Common Core State Standards RI.7.4 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/4
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.7.3 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/3
teaches Common Core State Standards RI.7.1 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/1

Day 1: "Crawling Around with Baltimore Street Rats"

This lesson plan is anchored by the text "Crawling Around with Baltimore Street Rats" from Smithsonian.com. This lesson lays the groundwork for the next four days of close reading instruction. The supporting questions in this lesson help students understand what Gregory Glass's job is by focusing on key vocabulary and locating evidence throughout the text. Students will need the textual evidence cited in their responses to today's focus question for the culminating writing task on Day 5. Students may work collaboratively to respond to the supporting questions, but the focus question about the purpose of Glass's work should be answered independently. 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