Ch 7: Idea Development: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.5

About This Chapter

This collection of video lessons can accompany your curriculum to ensure that your 9-10 students meet the Common Core requirements related to idea development for informational reading. Check out our additional ideas for ways to reinforce these concepts in your classroom.

Standard: Analyze in detail how an author's ideas or claims are developed and refined by particular sentences, paragraphs, or larger portions of a text (e.g., a section or chapter). (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.5)

About This Chapter

Charles Dickens said that, 'An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.' This chapter of video lessons helps your students learn to do just that, by studying the development of great ideas in written selections. All of the following concepts are included for your use:

  • Analyzing literary passages
  • Close vs. big picture reading
  • Using text to guide interpretations of meaning
  • Strengthening arguments through select portions of text

You'll know that your students have met this standard when they're able to comprehend informational text with ease, explain the development of author ideas in selections and then apply development of ideas to their own writing. The lessons matching this standard will be helpful to students pursuing college after high school and in careers that require strong reading comprehension and writing skills.

How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom

You might want to try some of the following teaching strategies to accompany your regular curriculum in meeting the Common Core State Standards.

See the Big Picture

Share the video lesson about close and big picture reading. In small groups, assign informational reading selections, challenging several groups to make note of the features found through close reading. At the same time, other groups will be tasked to find features through big picture reading in matching selections. As a whole group, discuss and compare the findings.

Strong Arguments

After viewing the video about strengthening arguments, share examples from well-known speeches with your class. Guide a discussion of which text sections reinforce arguments put forth.

Navigating with Transitions

Share the video about transitions. As a class, look at an informational selection to discover each of the three major types of transitions within. Discuss. Assign individual selections to students, challenging them to find examples of the three types of transitions and to exchange the signal words (like 'therefore', 'however' or 'first') for other alternate phrasings that would offer the same meaning.

5 Lessons in Chapter 7: Idea Development: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.5
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How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

1. How to Analyze a Literary Passage: A Step-by-Step Guide

In this lesson, we will examine the steps involved in the basic analysis of literature. Then, using a well-known fable, we will go through each step of analysis: comprehension, interpreting and drawing conclusions.

Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies

2. Close Reading vs. Big Picture Reading Strategies

In this lesson, learn about two different approaches to reading a work of literature: big picture strategies and close reading strategies. Discover how these two perspectives can be put into practice through examples from the play 'Romeo and Juliet.'

Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation

3. Interpreting Literary Meaning: How to Use Text to Guide Your Interpretation

In this lesson, we will discuss how to find and interpret literary meaning in writings. The lesson will focus on using the text to find key elements to guide your interpretation.

How to Use Specific Sections of Text to Strengthen an Argument

4. How to Use Specific Sections of Text to Strengthen an Argument

An important part of writing well is learning how to create a strong argument. This lesson will explain how to strengthen your argument by using topic sentences, quotations or examples, and relative clauses when writing.

Navigating a Reading Passage with Transitions

5. Navigating a Reading Passage with Transitions

In this lesson, you'll get some tips and advice for using transitional words or phrases to navigate a reading passage and find the main point. Then, you can practice yourself in the quiz.

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