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.
Analyze characteristics and structural elements of informational text, including:
(i) the controlling idea or thesis with supporting evidence;
(ii) features such as introduction, foreword, preface, references, or acknowledgements to gain background information; and
(iii) organizational patterns such as definition, classification, advantage, and disadvantage;
Apply grade 6 Reading standards to literary nonfiction (e.g., Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not).
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.