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Day 2: "Crawling Around with Baltimore Street Rats"

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
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.8 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/8
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This lesson plan is anchored by the text "Crawling Around with Baltimore Street Rats" from Smithsonian.com. This lesson focuses on understanding the problems that wild urban rats cause, in order to help the students begin to understand why Glass's work is so important. The day begins with a rereading of the entire article before students are asked to focus in on specific paragraphs. Students will be examining key vocabulary as they move towards being able to validate the work that Glass does, and they will be citing evidence in the text that supports the claim that his work is important. Students may work collaboratively to respond to the supporting questions, but the focus question about the importance of solving the problems caused by these rats 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
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