Grade 10 ELA, Making Evidence-Based Claims Unit: Martin Luther King, Barack Obama

Martin Luther King, Jr. by New York World-Telegram and the Sun staff photographer: Albertin, Walter, photographer - Library of Congress

Making Evidence-Based Claims ELA/Literacy Units empower students with a critical reading and writing skill at the heart of the Common Core: making evidence-based claims about complex texts. These units are part of the Developing Core Proficiencies Curriculum.

This unit develops students’ abilities to make evidence-based claims through activities based on a close reading of the Nobel Peace Prize Speeches of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and President Barack Obama.

Unit Components
The unit components are divided into separate PDF files for ease of use. The files may be downloaded individually or in a single zip file.

EBC Unit Plan – G10
EBC Unit Text – G10 – MLK
EBC Unit Text – G10 – Obama
EBC Criteria Checklist I – G9-10
EBC Criteria Checklist II – G9-10
Forming EBC Handout
TCD Checklist
Writing EBC Handout – Obama
Evidence-Based Writing Rubric
Forming EBC Model – MLK
Making EBC Models (1) – MLK
Making EBC Models (2) – MLK
Organizing EBC Models – Obama
Written EBC Model – Obama
Written EBC Model – Obama-MLK


Forming EBC
Making EBC
Organizing EBC (2 Pts)
Organizing EBC (3 Pts)
Written EBC

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Zip File: This file contains ALL unit components pre-organized into folders:
Making Evidence-Based Claims Unit – Zip File of All Documents

Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RI.9-10.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as...
RI.9-10.2 Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text,...
RI.9-10.3 Analyze how the author unfolds an analysis or series of ideas or events, including the order in...

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