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Day 3: "The Bears of Yellowstone National Park"

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.4
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.5
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.8

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One of the big ideas in "The Bears of Yellowstone National Park" is that the bears are dangerous. However, this is not the entire story. Before students are able to understand the subtler messages of this text, we must address how the author crafts the most obvious one: these bears are powerful and potentially dangerous forces of nature. Once students better understand this important theme of the passage, they will be better prepared to take on the multiple messages of the text in later days. Given the complex organization of this passage, it is especially important that students already consider some different threads of the central idea of the text. Special Materials: Copies of text and student response worksheets
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