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Close reading informational text: "The Giant Squid: Dragon of the Deep"

This sequence of lessons is based on text-dependent questions that are answered through a close reading of the Smithsonian.com article, "The Giant Squid: Dragon of the Deep".

Lessons

  • Determine the impact of an author's word choice

    In this lesson you will learn how to determine the impact of an author’s word choice by considering the connotative meaning of words and phrases in context

  • Analyze an author's refinement of a key topic

    In this lesson, you will learn how to analyze an author’s refinement of a key topic by determining how technical descriptions of the topic develop across the text.

  • Analyze and evaluate the structure of a text

    In this lesson you will learn how to analyze and evaluate the structure of a text by examining how the author convinces and engages the reader.

  • Analyze how an idea develops in a text

    In this lesson you will learn how to analyze the ways an idea develops over the course of a text by making comparisons between different passages throughout the text

  • Identify the author's point of view

    In this lesson you will learn how to determine the author’s point of view by examining language that reveals the author’s opinion of the topic.

  • Evaluate the power of a text

    In this lesson you will learn how to evaluate the power of a text by describing the style used by the author to support the purpose of the article.

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