Description: 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.
Maps to Reading Plus skills: 6B


6B: Recognizing Persuasion

6B: Recognizing Persuasion

Description: Recognizing Persuasive Devices

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Selection: H-29


Grade level: 8
Word count: 1848 words
Author: Joanna May Thach
Synopsis: It's a challenge to keep city trees healthy and make residents aware of their benefits.
Excerpt: But a single type of tree in a neighborhood can be boring. Urban foresters continually recommend that a neighborhood have different species of trees. In the climate of New York City, the Callery pear is an alternative to the London plane tree. The name Callery pear may give the impression of messy fruit but that is not the case.

Question: Choose the sentence in this excerpt that states the author's opinion.

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Writing prompt: Use the Internet and other research tools to find evidence that refutes an idea, belief, or theme presented in a selection.


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