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Teaching Resources: Waiting for Change

Common Core Teaching Tips and related printables

August 13, 2013

Common Core Teaching Tips for "Waiting for Change":

Support close reading by following these steps.

Read for understanding

Read the article together, stopping to discuss important facts and details along the way. Ask: Why do some people think the United States should stop using the penny? Why is Jarden Zinc Products fighting to keep the penny? What is the meaning of positive seigniorage?

Analyzing evidence

Have students in pairs reread the article and classify each point the author makes into one of three categories: pro-penny, anti-penny or neutral. (For students who need more support, use this activity (PDF))

Go over students’ findings. Ask: Based on these findings, do you think it is possible to determine the author’s point of view? If so, do you think the author supports or opposes the use of pennies? Why?

Language study

Draw students’ attention to the headline and subheading Waiting for Change and Two Sides to the Coin. Have students explain the use and meaning of each expression. Then challenge them to come up with their own penny-related puns to describe the content of the article.

Writing Task

Using information from TFK, have students write a paragraph or an essay expressing and defending their opinion on pennies. Remind students to back up their reasons with facts and details.

Common Core Standards Addressed

R.1: Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

R.8: 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.

W.1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.



The Penny Debate

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A Very Valuable Penny

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