Analyzing Central Ideas – Playlist and Teaching Notes
In this playlist, students explore standard RI.11-12.2. They learn how to identify central ideas, distinguish between central ideas and supporting factors, and analyze how central ideas and their respective supporting facts interact and build on one another to provide a complex analysis. Students learn about an important Supreme Court case in order to practice providing a complex analysis. Students also have the option to view instructional videos and complete practice quizzes or activities.

The playlist includes:
• Information on Marbury v. Madison
• Links to seven instructional videos or texts
• Definitions of key terms, such as thesis statement
• Excerpt from Opinion Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka Kansas
• A self-check quiz consisting of informational passages, such as “Declaration of Independence” and others and two multiple choice questions, one fill-in-the-blank question, and one multiple select question

Accompanying Teaching Notes include:
• Activities and writing prompts for students
• Links to additional resources, such as how to analyze historical documents
• An accompanying answer guide with correct answers, answer choice rationales, and DOK levels

For more teaching and learning resources on standard RI.11-12.2, visit
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  • Demo_pdf_WN_ELA_0166.pdf
  • AnalyzingCentralIdeasPlaylistandTeachingNotes-(1).zip

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Created: Oct 31, 2016

Updated: Feb 22, 2018

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