Literature - EC: L.N.1.1.1
Continuum of Activities
The list below represents a continuum of activities: resources categorized by Standard/Eligible Content that teachers may use to move students toward proficiency. Using LEA curriculum and available materials and resources, teachers can customize the activity statements/questions for classroom use.
This continuum of activities offers:
- Instructional activities designed to be integrated into planned lessons
- Questions/activities that grow in complexity
- Opportunities for differentiation for each student’s level of performance
English Language Arts, Literature
- Read and paraphrase the title of a nonfiction text.
- Read and paraphrase any other features of a nonfiction text (introduction, headings, abstract, author background information) for information about the author’s intended purpose.
- Determine whether the text is meant to inform, persuade or argue.
- Cite a line that best illustrates the author’s intended purpose.
- Evaluate which supporting idea and/or paragraph within a given text best supports the author’s purpose and explain why.
- Develop an alternative conclusion to an author’s intended purpose and provide two supporting ideas for your alternative conclusion.
- Student accurately reads and paraphrases the title of a nonfiction text, paying attention to any words that indicate the author’s intended purpose.
- Students correctly read and paraphrase other common features of a nonfiction piece beside that of title and text to find information about the author’s intended purpose.
- Students read a nonfiction text to identify how an author presents information and ideas to infer whether the piece as a whole is intended to inform the reader of information, persuade the reader toward a specific viewpoint, or argue for a specific thesis. Students incorporate this reading into their analysis of the author’s intended purpose.
- Students are able to accurately pick a line that best summarizes the author’s intended purpose. This line can be found anywhere in a nonfiction text, but is usually toward the beginning or end.
- Out of the supporting details and/or paragraphs of a nonfiction text, students can choose and evaluate which one most strongly supports the author’s intended purpose and can explain why.
- Student writes an alternative conclusion to the author’s original intended purpose. This conclusion may disagree with the original intended purpose or may illustrate a different point-of-view. Student is also able to support his or her own alternative conclusion with two examples of evidence. These examples may be of their own or drawn from the author’s text.
Suggested Rubric: This rubric may be used to assess a student’s overall mastery of the standard or eligible content.