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Day 4: "Crawling Around with Baltimore Street Rats"

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.2 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/6/2
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.3 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/7/3
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.7.5 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 completes the transition to examining the article's text structure. The supporting questions ask students to examine specific paragraphs and sentences, moving them towards being able to understand the article's central idea. The focus question asks students to reflect upon how that central idea is revealed through examining the article's structure. Students may work collaboratively to respond to the supporting questions, but the focus question about text structure and central idea should be answered independently. Special Materials: Students should have access to the following materials for this lesson: • Guided notes sheet for Day 4 • Completed guided notes sheets for Days 1-3 for reference • Copies of the anchor text for all students • Sticky note for each student