- I can determine a theme or the central ideas of an informational text. (RI.8.2)
- I can determine the meaning of words and phrases in text (figurative, connotative, and technical meanings). (RI.8.4)
- I can determine an author’s point of view or purpose in informational text. (RI.8.6)
- I can analyze how the author acknowledges and responds to conflicting evidence or viewpoints. (RI.8.6)
- I can use a variety of strategies to determine the meaning of unknown words or phrases. (L.8.4)
- I can use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., precede, recede, secede).
- I can consult general and specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning or its part of speech.
- I can verify the preliminary determination of the meaning of a word or phrase (e.g., by checking the inferred meaning in context or in a dictionary).
- I can find the gist of pages 47–49 of The Omnivore’s Dilemma.
- I can read closely to answer questions about pages 47–49 of The Omnivore’s Dilemma.
- I can describe the purpose of Michael Pollan in the excerpt from The Omnivore’s Dilemma.
- I can identify the conflicting evidence and viewpoints Michael Pollan has used and explain how he responds to them.
- Gist annotated on sticky notes
- New vocabulary on word-catcher
- Answers to text-dependent questions
- Author’s Purpose graphic organizer