Grade 8 ELA, Making Evidence-Based Claims Unit: Truth, Chisholm, Williams

Shirley Chisholm pointing at numbers on wall

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 three texts: Ain’t I a Woman?, by Sojourner Truth; Equal Rights for Women, by Shirley Chisholm; and Wimbledon Has Sent Me a Message: I’m Only a Second-Class Champion, by Venus Williams.

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 – G8
EBC Unit Texts – G8 Truth
EBC Unit Texts – G8 Chisholm
EBC Unit Texts – G8 Williams


EBC Criteria Checklist I – G6-8
EBC Criteria Checklist II – G6-8
Forming EBC Handout
TCD Checklist
Writing EBC Handout – Williams
Evidence-Based Writing Rubric
Forming EBC Model – Truth
Making EBC Models – Truth
Making EBC Models – Chisholm
Organizing EBC Model – Chisholm
Organizing EBC Model – Williams
Written EBC Model – Chisholm
Written EBC Model – Williams
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.8.1 Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly...
RI.8.2 Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text,...
RI.8.3 Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (...

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