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English Language Arts, Grade 6 Module 4: Research, Decision Making, and Forming Positions, Teacher Guide

English Language Arts, Grade 6 Module 4: Research, Decision Making, and Forming Positions, Teacher Guide

PCG Education

ISBN: 978-1-119-22757-1

Mar 2017, Jossey-Bass

384 pages

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Paths to College and Career

Jossey-Bass and PCG Education are proud to bring the Paths to College and Career English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum and professional development resources for grades 6–12 to educators across the country. Originally developed for EngageNY and written with a focus on the shifts in instructional practice and student experiences the standards require, Paths to College and Career includes daily lesson plans, guiding questions, recommended texts, scaffolding strategies and other classroom resources.

Paths to College and Career is a concrete and practical ELA instructional program that engages students with compelling and complex texts. At each grade level, Paths to College and Career delivers a yearlong curriculum that develops all students' ability to read closely and engage in text-based discussions, build evidence-based claims and arguments, conduct research and write from sources, and expand their academic vocabulary. Paths to College and Career's instructional resources address the needs of all learners, including students with disabilities, English language learners, and gifted and talented students.

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About PCG Education vii

What Is Paths to College and Career? ix

Curriculum Maps xix

Grade 6 Curriculum Map xxi

Unit-Level Assessments (ELA CCSS) xxv

ELA Curriculum: Grades 6–8 Curriculum Plan xxxvii

Module Overview 1

Unit 1 23

Unit Overview Building Background Knowledge 23

Frightful’s Mountain and DDT

Lesson 1 Launching Frightful’s Mountain 37

Building Background Knowledge and Establishing Reading Routines

Lesson 2 Close Reading and Gathering Evidence from Frightful’s Mountain and “Welcome Back” 43

Lesson 3 Tracing a Speaker’s Argument 50

John Stossel DDT Video

Lesson 4 Citing Evidence and Building Vocabulary 57

“The Exterminator”

Lesson 5 Annotating the Text and Identifying Argument, Claims, and Evidence 62

The “Double Whammy” Excerpt from “The Exterminator”

Lesson 6 Identifying How Text Features Support Arguments 69

“The Exterminator”

Lesson 7 Getting the Gist and Tracing an Argument 76

The “Public Fear” Excerpt from “The Exterminator”

Lesson 8 Mid-Unit Assessment 83

Tracing an Argument in an Article and a Video

Lesson 9 Interpreting and Connecting Information 89

Creating a Cascading Consequences Chart Using Frightful’s Mountain

Lesson 10 Using Multiple Resources of Information 98

Creating a Cascading Consequences Chart about DDT and Practicing a Fishbowl Discussion

Lesson 11 Interpreting, Integrating, and Sharing Information 106

Using Charts and Graphs about DDT

Lesson 12 Interpreting, Integrating, and Sharing Information about DDT 113

Using Cascading Consequences and Fishbowl Protocol

Lesson 13 End-of-Unit 1 Assessment 120

Fishbowl Discussion

Unit 2 125

Unit Overview Research 125

Do the Benefi ts of DDT Outweigh Its Harmful Consequences?

Lesson 1 Getting the Gist and Paraphrasing 144

“Rachel Carson: Environmentalist and Writer”

Lesson 2 Applying Research Skills 154

“Rachel Carson: Environmentalist and Writer”

Lesson 3 Comparing an Author’s Presentation of Ideas 163

“Rachel Carson: Sounding the Alarm on Pollution”

Lesson 4 Research Tasks 171

New Words, Relevant Information, and Revision

Lesson 5 Resource Materials and Gathering Information 178

Reading Another “Choice” Text from the Research Folder

Lesson 6 Presentation of Events 186

Comparing Two Authors

Lesson 7 Researching Digital Sources, Part 1 193

Guided WebQuest

Lesson 8 Researching Digital Sources, Part 2 199

Guided WebQuest

Lesson 9 Mid-Unit Assessment: Comparing and Contrasting Two Texts 204

Simulated Research

Lesson 10 Forming a Research-Based Claim 211

Cascading Consequences Chart

Lesson 11 Forming a Research-Based Claim 219

Creating Stakeholders Charts

Lesson 12 Forming a Research-Based Claim 227

Cascading Consequences Chart

Lesson 13 Presenting a Research-Based Claim 236

Effective Speaking Techniques

Lesson 14 Presenting a Research-Based Claim 243

Visual Aid and Peer Critique

Lesson 15 End-of-Unit 2 Assessment 249

A Hosted Gallery Walk

Unit 3 254

Unit Overview Writing 254

Position Paper about the Use of DDT

Lesson 1 Analyze the Model Position Paper with Rubric 262

Lesson 2 Planning the Argument 270

Writing the Claim and Reasons

Lesson 3 Claim, Reasons, and Evidence 277

Planning the Body Paragraphs

Lesson 4 Actions for a Position Paper 284

Identify, Discuss, and Write

Lesson 5 Mid-Unit Assessment 291

Completing My Draft Position Paper

Lesson 6 Peer Critique and Revising 298

Formal English

Lesson 7 End-of-Unit 3 Assessment 305

Revising and Publishing

Lesson 8 Completing Reflection 312

Preparing a Poster for Presentation

Lesson 9 Finishing the Poster and Preparing for the Gallery Walk 318

Lesson 10 Performance Task 322

Hosted Gallery Walk of Scientific Posters