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Close reading informational text: "The Curious Case of the Arkansas Diamonds"

This sequence of lessons is based on text-dependent questions that are answered through a close reading of the Smithsonian.com text, "The Curious Case of the Arkansas Diamonds" by Brendan Borrell.

Lessons

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of an author's text structure

    In this lesson you will learn how to evaluate the effectiveness of an author’s text structure by analyzing the author’s presentation of central ideas.

  • Determine the meaning of a key term

    In this lesson you will learn how to determine the meaning of a key term by analyzing its association with a main idea.

  • Analyze the effect of the interactions between two individuals

    In this lesson you will learn how to analyze the effect of the interactions between two individuals by comparing how they are developed by the author.

  • Determine the effectiveness of an author's rhetorical choice

    In this lesson you will learn to determine the effectiveness of an author’s rhetorical choice by analyzing how style and content of a section contribute to the power of the text.

  • Analyze how the author influences the reader

    In this lesson you will learn how the author influences the reader by analyzing the impact of specific word choices on the central ideas.

  • Identify how the author persuades a reader

    In this lesson you will learn how the author persuades a reader by analyzing an author’s specific structural choice.

  • Identify an author's persuasiveness

    In this lesson, you will learn how to identify an author’s persuasiveness by analyzing the use of rhetoric.

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