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Day 2: "Cholera, John Snow and the Grand Experiment"

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.1
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.6.6
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In this lesson, students will read the text, dissecting the nontraditional structure of this informational text. Since this text is a blog, the author is the first and last speaker in the text, but another speaker appears in the middle of the text. Students will identify indicators that there is a new speaker or a new source mentioned in the text. Students will also consider how primary sources and other sources add to our understanding of the investigation of cholera. Lastly, students will identify how the author bends the genre in this text and determine the connotation of the literary term "irony" in her description of Dr. Snow's discovery. This series of close reading lesson plans was created by a member of the 2015 Delaware Dream Team. Special Materials: Students will need a copy of the anchor text. Paragraphs should be numbered.
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