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Day 5: "Crawling Around with Baltimore Street Rats"

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. On Day 5, students complete a culminating writing task that requires them to trace how the article's text structure supports the author's claim that, although the day-to-day work of scientists doesn't seem to accomplish much, the research that they do is critical. Allow students to use previous days' notes sheets as a support. Special Materials: Students should have access to the following materials for this lesson: • Student guided notes sheet for Day 5 • Complete guided notes sheets from Days 1-4 for reference • Copies of the anchor text for all students