Description: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient to support the claims.
Maps to Reading Plus skills: 6B


6B: Recognizing Persuasion

6B: Recognizing Persuasion

Description: Recognizing Persuasive Devices

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Selection: G-7


Grade level: 7
Word count: 1961 words
Author: Karen Berman
Synopsis: Ruby Bridges was the first and only African American student in her school.
Excerpt: African Americans joined forces with white people who believed in equality between the races. They struggled to overcome prejudice and change unfair laws and customs that allowed discrimination based on race. One goal was to end segregated education. In 1954, the year of Ruby Bridges' birth, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a judgment saying that the education African American children received was not sufficient, and they had to be allowed to integrate white schools.

Question: Based on this excerpt, what does the author do to present an unbiased opinion?
  1. The author mentions those white people who fought to end discrimination.
  2. The author highlights the difficult job of federal marshals.
  3. The author explains disagreements with the Supreme Court ruling.
  4. The author describes people who volunteered to teach in segregated schools.

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Writing prompt: Write a newspaper editorial or blog post to support an opinion expressed in a selection you read.


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