English Language Arts, Grade 8 Module 4
Research, Decision Making, and Forming Positions, Teacher Set
Paths to College and Career
1. Auflage April 2019
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Paths to College and Career is a new, comprehensive English Language Arts curriculum for grades 6 to 12 built from the ground up over a three-year period to address the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts and Literacy. It reflects a deep understanding of the standards and assessments, and is written with a focus on the shifts in instructional practice and student experiences the standards require. It includes daily lesson plans, guiding questions, recommended texts, scaffolding strategies, and other classroom resources.
Paths to College and Career provides teachers, schools, and districts with 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. The curriculum is flexible, user friendly, engaging, and purposefully built to prepare students for career, college, and life.
In Module 4 of Grade 8, students analyze arguments and the evidence used to support arguments to determine whether sufficient evidence has been used and whether the evidence is relevant in support of the claim an author or speaker is making. They then research to gather evidence to make their own spoken and written arguments. Students will read Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma, a literary non-fiction text about where food comes from and about making decisions about what food to buy and eat. They build background knowledge about what happens to food before it gets to the consumer, and engage in a robust research project in which they further investigate the consequences of each of the food chains. Students finish the module by writing a position paper explaining which of Michael Pollan's food chain they would choose to feed the U.S. and why, and creating a poster stating their position.