Description: Craft and Structure In literary texts, analyze how an author develops and contrasts the point of view and the perspectives of different characters or narrators. In informational texts, analyze how the author distinguishes his or her position from that of others.
Maps to Reading Plus skills: 6B


6B: Recognizing Persuasion

6B: Recognizing Persuasion

Description: Recognizing Persuasive Devices

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Selection: G-5


Grade level: 7
Word count: 1647 words
Author: Mary R. Dunn
Synopsis: A boy gets pulled into the chaos of a historic workers' strike.
Excerpt: "Stay on that barge and go back where you came from!" another mill worker shouted. "Let us settle this with Mr. Frick who thinks he can withhold our pay and replace us with cheaper labor. Turn your boats around and head for safety if you know what is good for you."

Question: How does the author convince the reader that the steel workers' demands were reasonable?
  1. She mentions the injustices experienced by the workers.
  2. She shows that the union members are stronger than the Pinkertons.
  3. She explains how unions were formed to make workers rich.
  4. She describes the failures of the Industrial Revolution.

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Writing prompt: Retell a selection you have read using your own voice and perspective.


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