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Day 3: "Crawling Around with Baltimore Street Rats"

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.6 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/6/6
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.7.5 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/5
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This lesson plan is anchored by the text "Crawling Around with Baltimore Street Rats" from Smithsonian.com. Today's lesson begins to transition the students from focusing on the key ideas and details of the text to examining text structure, which is the focus of the culminating writing task on Day 5. The supporting questions ask the students to examine the paragraphs peppered throughout the article that contain historical information, and the focus question asks the students to examine why the author included the historical information in the piece. Students may work collaboratively to respond to the supporting questions, but the focus question about the role of the historical information 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