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Lesson 4: Steve Jobs' Commencement Speech at Stanford

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.1 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/6/1
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.10 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/6/10
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.6.3 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/6/3
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.6 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/6/6
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.8 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RI/6/8

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“What It Takes to Be Great” emphasizes how “greatness” depends on hard work, not just talent. This article parallels the anchor text because both emphasize that it takes hard work to be successful. Students should continue to analyze and evaluate the argument presented by the author to determine the central idea and author’s purpose, including a summary of how each section of the text develops the central idea. This text is recommended for reading in pairs. Students can then independently reread and focus their analysis on particular sections to build understanding of the entire text over the course of multiple readings.