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Ninth-grade readers are tasked with learning the difference between formal and informal tone. More specifically, students should be able to analyze how the author’s word choices impact the tone of the reading. Additionally, readers acquire skills related to differentiating between primary and secondary sources by examining things like the author’s point of view, the date the text was written, and the source of the information. Utilize the exercises below to advance these skills on top of twice-a-week practice with reading comprehension worksheets.
This activity asks students to write a formal letter to a person they admire, asking them to come to speak at their school. This exercise focuses on the use of formal language (i.e., complex sentences, avoiding the use of contractions) to help students identify how formal language differs from informal language. For example, students would write, “I would like to request that you come speak to students at my school about your experiences in the armed forces,” rather than “Hey, I’d love for you to come talk at my school.”
Thinking Like a Historian
Present students with a range of documents that discuss the same historical event. Then ask students to identify which documents were written at the time the event occurred and which were written after the fact. In doing so, students will learn one key element of primary sources – pieces that were written at the time the event occurred are primary while those written after the fact are secondary.
Examining Point of View
To understand how authors can have differing viewpoints on the same subject, ask students to analyze primary and secondary resources on the same topic from multiple authors. Specifically, encourage students to write down the differences they find in each account of the event. Then, use those differences as a springboard for a discussion of how people’s perceptions of the same event can be different both at the time the event occurs and as authors recount the event later on.
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