Monday, November 2, 2015

Narrative Nonfiction: 'Why Are Your Clothes So Cheap?"

 Today's Learning Objective  Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details.


Preparing to Read 'Why Are Your Clothes so Cheap?': Video and Vocabulary Preview  Today we will read a nonfiction features that tells the extraordinary story of former child garment worker and current labor activist Kalpona Akter. The story explores the high human cost of our inexpensive clothing. But before we read, we will watch a video in which the author of the article "Why Are Your Clothes so Cheap?", Scope Magazine's Kristin Lewis, helps us understand Kalpona’s story by introducing the topic and explaining some challenging concepts, such as sweatshops and workers’ rights.

Next, we will preview some of the key vocabulary in the story featured below. 

As we read the article, please also be on the lookout for the following words and concepts: garment worker, developing country, sweatshop, working conditions, minimum wage, union, strike, labor activist, petition, and supply chain. As you come to each of these words, first use context clues to try to determine the words meaning and then confirm that understanding by checking the word's definition. 

Finally, before we read I want you to preview some of the article's text features, including the heading, subheadings, images, and photographs. Use the document Identifying Nonfiction Elements ("Why Are Your Clothes So Cheap?"), which is located in your Language Arts Google Classroom, to analyze these features and to make a prediction regarding what the article will mostly be about. Note: You will continue to use this document to analyze the text both during and after reading the article as well. 

Guided Reading of 'Why Are Your Clothes So Cheap?': Focus on Central Ideas and Details  We will now read the narrative nonfiction article "Why Are Your Clothes So Cheap?" together (a copy of the article has also been placed in your Language Arts Google Classroom). As we read, our objective is to determine the central ideas of the text by focusing on the article's details. Remember, a central idea is one of the main points the author is making and is always supported with details from the text. You can find the assignment Central Ideas and Details ("Why Are Your Clothes So Cheap?") in your Google Classroom.

Scholastic Book Order  Tired of the books in the school library? Looking to buy a book just for you? I will be distributing a Scholastic Book Order catalogues today. Look through it. If you see something to your liking, consider buying it. By buying books through Scholastic, not only do you find great book at great prices, but you have an opportunity to earn points for your class so we add more books to our classroom library. 

You may buy books in several ways. You may bring in your order form with cash or a check made our to Scholastic Reading Club. Or you can simply order books online at Once you get there make sure you enter our class code: FMRJ4

The deadline for ordering books for this order will be: Friday, November 6

Homework  (1.) Continue working on the documents Identifying Nonfiction Elements ("Why Are Your Clothes So Cheap?") and Central Ideas and Details ("Why Are Your Clothes So Cheap?"), both of which will be due on Friday, November 6. (2.)
Read your A.R. book at home for at least 30 minutes and, if you choose, make a reading log entry using the Digital Reading Log. (Remember you must have made at least two entries by the end of the day Friday.)  

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