Grade 6 ELA Module 2A, Unit 2, Lesson 15

Students at their desks in class discussing a text they've read.

Although this lesson is in Unit 2, it is actually the kickoff for Unit 3. This is to give you time to look over the draft end of unit assessments before handing them back to students with feedback in Lesson 17.
• When studying the prompt it is important students understand why they are being asked to provide evidence to support their rule to live by—evidence adds weight to their thoughts and opinions. Without researched evidence to support it, people have little reason to trust or listen to their rule.
• It is also important that students understand that the reason they research before determining their final rule is because they need to make sure that their rule has research evidence to support it.
• As the speaking and listening standard SL.6.1 is assessed in Unit 3, students practice the skills outlined in that standard. In 
some of the lessons in Unit 3, students follow a similar plan—first they listen to a scripted model discussion; then they identify how the discussion was effective; and finally, they practice the skills they have learned through the model in a group discussion with a focus question. In this lesson, the focus is on questions to encourage the speaker to clarify and elaborate his/her ideas, and also on paraphrasing back to check for understanding.
• Students are introduced to the research topics in this lesson, and at the end of the lesson they choose a topic to focus their research on. Collect the exit tickets at the end of the lesson and use student choices to put them into research teams in preparation for the next lesson.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
W.6.7 Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the...
SL.6.1.c Pose and respond to specific questions with elaboration and detail by making comments that...
SL.6.1.d Review the key ideas expressed and demonstrate understanding of multiple perspectives through...

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