Description: Informational Text Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence. Evaluate how reasoning and evidence affects the argument and specific claims in a text.
Maps to Reading Plus skills: 6A


6A: Recognizing Author's Intent

6A: Recognizing Author's Intent

Description: Recognizing Author's Purpose

✓ standard met

Selection: J-19


Grade level: 10
Word count: 2200 words
Author: Beth Renaud
Synopsis: Electronic waste, or e-waste, is the fastest-growing trash in the United States and it is quickly becoming a worldwide problem.
Excerpt: Carroll writes: "Choking, I pull my shirt over my nose and approach a boy of about 15, his thin frame wreathed in smoke. Karim says he has been tending such fires for two years. He pokes at one meditatively, and then his top half disappears as he bends into the billowing soot. He hoists a tangle of copper wire off the old tire he's using for fuel and douses the hissing mass into a puddle. With the flame retardant insulation burned away -- a process that has released a bouquet of carcinogens and other toxins -- the wire may fetch a dollar from a scrap-metal buyer."

Question: In this excerpt, the author includes the quote from Carroll's "High-Tech Trash" article most likely to
  1. illustrate how recyclers are taking advantage of desperate conditions.
  2. describe model recycling practices used in foreign countries.
  3. criticize a young recycler's lack of concern for his health.
  4. highlight an effective process of reclaiming scrap metal.

✓ standard met

Writing prompt: Describe how the author of an argument tries to prove that he or she is right.


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