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This lesson explores the realities and effects of war on children by examining diaries, journals, and letters written by children during times of war.

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      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.2: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

      Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

      Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.2: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

      Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.3: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

      Describe how a particular story's or drama's plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.1: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

      Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.2: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

      Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.3: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

      Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

      Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.2: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

      Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.5: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

      Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.9: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

      Compare and contrast a fictional portrayal of a time, place, or character and a historical account of the same period as a means of understanding how authors of fiction use or alter history.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.10: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

      By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 4—5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.10: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

      By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6—8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.10: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

      By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.10: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

      By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of grades 6—8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.2: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

      Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.1: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

      Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.2: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

      Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.3: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

      Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.1: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

      Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.2: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

      Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.3: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

      Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events).

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.1: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

      Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.2: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

      Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.5: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

      Analyze how a particular sentence, paragraph, chapter, or section fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the ideas.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.7: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

      Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.7: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

      Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.8: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

      Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; recognize when irrelevant evidence is introduced.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.10: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

      By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4—5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.5.4a: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

      Read on-level text with purpose and understanding.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.7: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

      Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.9a: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

      Apply grade 5 Reading standards to literature (e.g., "Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or a drama, drawing on specific details in the text [e.g., how characters interact]").

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.7: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

      Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.9a: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

      Apply grade 6 Reading standards to literature (e.g., "Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres [e.g., stories and poems; historical novels and fantasy stories] in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics").

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.7: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

      Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions for further research and investigation.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.9a: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

      Apply grade 7 Reading standards to literature (e.g., "Compare and contrast a fictional portrayal of a time, place, or character and a historical account of the same period as a means of understanding how authors of fiction use or alter history").

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.7: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

      Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.1c: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

      Pose and respond to specific questions by making comments that contribute to the discussion and elaborate on the remarks of others.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.1b: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

      Follow rules for collegial discussions, set specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.1c: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

      Pose and respond to specific questions with elaboration and detail by making comments that contribute to the topic, text, or issue under discussion.

      CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.1c: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

      Pose questions that elicit elaboration and respond to others' questions and comments with relevant observations and ideas that bring the discussion back on topic as needed.
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