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unit 1
27 Instructional days (27 hours)

Using a Seed Text to Engage in Inquiry-Based Research


Students read closely excerpts of Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond, which explores the ultimate causes for resource and wealth inequity across the globe. While analyzing the text, students consider Diamond’s purpose and how he structures ideas in his complex research to support his various claims. Additionally, in preparation for their own argument writing students evaluate Diamond’s claims, evidence, and reasoning about the causes and explanations of inequality of resources across societies throughout history to the modern-day. The text serves as a springboard to research, as students surface and track potential research issues that emerge from the text.


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