Using Complex Text to Build Content Knowledge (Motter)

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In this lesson, students are using a specific document to examine the grievances of women in the United States as they work to attain equal rights. Students refer to the text throughout the class while they analyze its language, structure, and meaning. Students work in collaborative groups and debrief with the teacher. The teacher seeks to correct specific misconceptions and help students build their knowledge by sharing ideas. Students build content knowledge by learning about the specific grievances women had during that time period. Students also make overarching connections to other historical events such as slavery and the Declaration of Independence. 

Addresses ELA/Literacy Common Core State Standards: RH.6-8.1, RH.6-8.2, RH.6-8.4, RH.6-8.6, RH.6-8.10, W.7.2, W.7.4, WHST.6-8.1, SL.7.1, SL.7.1a, SL.7.1d

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