By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Analyze characteristics and structural elements of informational text, including:
(i) the controlling idea or thesis with supporting evidence;
(ii) features such as footnotes, endnotes, and citations; and
(iii) multiple organizational patterns within a text to develop the thesis;
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.