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Day 1: "Top 10 Real-Life Body Snatchers"

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.1 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/8/1
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.3 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/8/3
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.4 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/8/4
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This lesson plan is anchored by the text "Top 10 Real-Life Body Snatchers" from Smithsonian.com. This lesson’s questions emphasize first understanding the gist of the article and then exploring the article’s central idea through the use of scaffolded questions that target parasites' manipulative strategies for gaining control of the host animals. Students may work in small groups or partners as they return to the text to explore these questions, capturing their thinking on the student notes sheet. The focus question (Venn diagram) should be completed independently. Special Materials: Student guided notes sheet Copies of the anchor text for all students