Making Evidence-Based Claims Literary Technique: Louise Erdrich and Tim O’Brien

Take a ride in The Red Convertible by Louise Erdrich. Students read the story and discuss whether a car is really a character. After carrying out several activities using graphic organizers and tools for making their claims in The Red Convertible, pupils then carry out an independent reading activity on making claims using The Rainy River by Tim O'Brien.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Add to a unit that considers other non-human character possibilities (The Love Bug Herbie, etc.)
Classroom Considerations

  • Learners work in pairs
  • Guide suggests think-alouds for effective instruction

  • Includes instructional notes to guide teachers
  • Relates the concept to two independent text

  • None