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Common Core Exemplar for Grade 6 ELA: The Great Fire


English Language Arts (NYS P-12 Common Core)

Grade Levels

Intermediate, 7th Grade


By reading and rereading the passage closely combined with classroom discussion about it, students will explore the historical truths related to poverty, city construction, and city services that led to the disaster. In this reading, students learn about historical disasters, but they may not fully comprehend causes or how human actions, nature, or even luck contributed to them, rendering history a flat subject to be memorized rather than explored. When combined with writing about the passage and teacher feedback, students will better understand the dangers inherent in cities and the government role in mitigating that danger.


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The Great Fire

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From EngageNY.org of the New York State Education Department. Common Core Exemplar for Grade 6 ELA: The Great Fire. Internet. Available from http://engageny.org/resource/common-core-exemplar-for-grade-6-ela-the-great-fire; accessed 22, March, 2013.

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