Common Core Spotlight
Narrative Nonfiction and Poetry
(We think they’re really fun!) In this issue’s paired-text feature, we present “Life-or-Death Choice,” a gripping narrative nonfiction article about a doomed mountain-climbing expedition. We pair it with a beautiful poem we commissioned. Your students will love the riveting story—and you will love how it supports Common Core!
Your students will:
• identify and analyze the central theme and topic in the article and the poem
• compare the approaches the author and the poet take
• cite specific textual evidence to respond to our writing prompt
• complete our Paired Text Quiz, which is carefully designed to support Common Core objectives
Common Core ELA Anchor Standards for grades 6-12 this activity supports:
R1, R2, R3, R7, R9, W1, W4
More Common Core resources:
To learn how the rest of the January 9, 2012, issue supports the Common Core Standards, see pages 2-3 of your Teacher’s Edition, or click here.
Have a question or a comment about this activity? E-mail Editor Kristin Lewis at KELewis@Scholastic.com.