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unit 1
15 Instructional days (15 hours)

Analyzing Author’s Purpose and Evaluating Claims in The Omnivore’s Dilemma


In this unit, students analyze authors’ and speakers’ purposes and evaluate the claims they make. Students begin reading the Young Readers Edition of Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma (930L), a high-interest literary nonfiction text about where food comes from and how it gets to our plate. As they read the text, they are involved in a study of the author’s purpose and how to determine what that is.


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From of the New York State Education Department. Grade 8 ELA Module 4, Unit 1. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29. Newer versions may exist from Expeditionary Learning.
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