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ELA Full-Spectrum Nonfiction Content Outline

ELA Full-Spectrum Nonfiction was designed with a focus on close reading and analysis, and was inspired by the Common CORE State Standards, particularly the Reading Standards for Informational Texts for Grades 9-10.

Below, you will find the content outline for Full-Spectrum Nonfiction. Note that almost all readings have pre- and post-reading questions, questions throughout the actual text (Pause...Think and Respond questions), and questions for analysis. Furthermore, many of the texts are presented as first, second, and sometimes even third readings, promoting close and deliberate reading. Writing prompts (Now, Your Voice!) are used throughout the book and encourage students to interpret a text's meaning, demonstrate their analytical skills, write creatively, and experiment with the different genres they are reading.

1. Essays
"Mother Tongue" by Amy Tan
"The Cold Hard Facts of Freezing to Death" by Peter Stark
Essay from A Man Without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut
Close Reading, Analysis, Point-of-View, Tone, Code-Switching, Fiction v. Nonfiction, Audience/Purpose, Writing and Panorama Prompts
2. Documentary Films
Jack by Grace Jackson
The Record Breaker by Brian McGinn
Film Analysis, Objective vs. Subjective, Summarizing, Writing Prompts
3. Biographies and Autobiographies
Excerpt from The Dark Story of Eminem
Excerpt from Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
Close Reading, Analysis, Informational Sources, Audience/Purpose, Tone, Writing Prompts
4. Eyewitness Accounts
"The Outhouse" by Clyde
Excerpt from Courage Was My Only Option by Roman Kent
James Brophy's Eyewitness Account of the Roer River Crossing
A Chaplain's Account of the Death of a Soldier (Letter)
Close Reading, Analysis, Reading for Context, Video and Panorama Prompts, Writing Prompts
5. Speeches on Going to War
"Day of Infamy" Speech by Franklin D. Roosevelt
George Bush's Address on the Start of the Iraq War
"Declaration of War Against Germany" by Woodrow Wilson
Rhetorical Appeals, Close Reading, Analysis, Audience/Purpose, Video and Panorama Prompts, Writing Prompts
6. Manifestos
Excerpt from The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino
Excerpt from The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx
The Declaration of Independence
"Civil Disobedience" by Henry David Thoreau
Close Reading, Analysis, Word Choice/Diction, Audience/Purpose, Pacing, Documents of Historical and Literary Significance, Panorama and Writing Prompts
7. Voices that Inspire
"Letter From a Birmingham Jail" by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Elie Wiesel's Nobel Acceptance Speech
Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln
Close Reading, Analysis, Reading for Context, Understanding Persuasion and Argument, Panorama and Writing Prompts
8. Ads, Ads Everywhere
Multiple Advertisements and Political Commercials (photo and video)
"Marketing Department Under Impression Keebler Elves a Beloved Part of American Culture" from The Onion
Analysis of Persuasive Techniques in Advertising and Politics, Weasel Words/Doublespeak, Advertising vs. Marketing, Satire
9. Film Reviews
"Another Country" by Justyn Dillingham
Mr. Christmas by Nick Palmer
Close Reading, Analysis of Film Reviews, Writing Film Reviews
10. Democracy Written Down
Town Council Meeting Minutes
The US Constitution
Supreme Court Case, Morse v. Frederick
Close Reading, Analysis, Primary v. Secondary Sources, Petitions, Writing Prompts, Analysis of a Court Case
11. Research and Interpretation
"Solving Underwater Crimes: Development of Latent Prints Made on Submerged Objects" Ana Castelló, Francesc Francés, and Fernando Verdú
"America's Real Criminal Element: Lead" by Kevin Drum
"Lead and Crime" by Jim Manzi
Types of Research Studies, Organization of Research Studies, Reading and Comprehension of a Research Study, Close Reading, Analysis, Writing Prompts, Interpretations of Research, Persuasion
12. Instructions
Multiple sets of instructions Evaluating Instructions, Writing Instructions
13. Letters: Then and Now
Various Postcards and Letters
"George Saunders on How the Internet Has Ruined Our Attention Spans" by Luke O'Neil
Using Context Clues, Understanding Primary Sources, Close Reading, Personal Reflection, Writing and Panorama Prompts
14. Everyday Texts
Various Forms, Bills, and Contracts Critical Thinking, Close Reading, Life Skills, Analysis

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