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Using the State Curriculum: Reading/ELA, Grade 8

Reading/ELA | Informational | Literary | Writing | Language | Listening | Speaking

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Standard 2.0 Comprehension of Informational Text

Indicator 6. Read critically to evaluate informational text

Objective f. Analyze the effectiveness of persuasive techniques to sway the reader to a particular point of view

Assessment limit: Significant words and phrases that have an emotional appeal

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Read these articles about a secret language, 'Codetalking' and 'The Navajo'. Then answer the following.

Explain which article more effectively uses words and phrases to persuade a reader about the value of the contributions of Native Americans during World War II. In your response, use information from the article that supports your explanation. Write your answer on your answer document.


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Resources for Objective 2.A.6.f: