One of the most respected newspapers of the US, the NEW YORK TIMES, continues to offer more assistance to teachers as the common core standards are being rolled out to all schools to implement in the fall of 2012.
The book that is covered here is The Great Gatsby. If it is a novel you cover in your class and you are doing common core, you will need to incorporate informational text to make the book relevant to students. No problem. By simply going to the SEARCH section, you need only type in GREAT GATSBY and all the materials that the TIMES has on historical/informational text will appear. Take a look at the results of just one search TEACHING THE GREAT GATSBY WITH THE NEW YORK TIMES. You will find lesson plans, articles, editorials, student activities, and much more. Why re-invent the wheel?
If you are worried about how your ELLs will survive academically in analyzing informational text, take a look at the support tools that the TIMES devised as a place to start in thinking creatively about ways to deliver quality instruction to ELLs in language and content. For ELLs especially, these simple tools (such as graphic organizers, word walls, etc.) will enable them to become more engaged in learning since they will understand the basics.
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