Grade 11 ELA, Making Evidence-Based Claims Literary Technique Unit: Louise Erdrich, Tim O’Brien

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The Grades 9-12 Making EBC about Literary Technique Units adapt the Making EBC Framework for teaching claim-making about the effects of authorial choice and craft on the meaning of literary texts. The units are built on literary texts from the NYSED 9-12 Text List.

This unit develops students’ abilities to make evidence-based claims about literary technique through activities based on a close reading of Louise Erdrich’s “The Red Convertible” and Tim O’Brien’s “On the Rainy River.”

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 G11 – Erdrich, O'Brien EBC Criteria Checklist I – G11-12
EBC Criteria Checklist II – G11-12
Forming EBC Lit Handout
TCD Checklist
Writing EBC Handout – Erdrich
Evidence-Based Writing Rubric
Forming EBC Model – Erdrich
Making EBC Model – Erdrich
Organizing EBC (2 Pts) Model – Erdrich
Written EBC Model – Erdrich


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:
Evidence-Based Claims Literary Technique Unit – Zip File of All Documents

Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RL.11-12.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as...
RL.11-12.3 Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story...
RL.11-12.5 Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the...

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