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Below are samples of student work on this assignment, showing the broad range of responses we received. This activity proved to us the importance of scaffolding and being clear with instruction. All of our students were able to engage with the analysis, which we termed the "plus minus chart" to better understanding. Although they may not have realized that merely marking a plus or a minus was critically analyzing the document, it asked them to engage with the material in a most basica manner. It also provided us the opportunity to draw on their responses for our following discussion. The questions that we created for each document asked our students to draw more upon their analysis of each piece and to make critical assessments. This is where instruction should have been clearer as the questions were very basic, allowing our students to write minimal answers and not necessarily answer the "why?" We learned from this activity to always have an accordion lesson planned, as oftentimes, students will complete all assigned work fully in much less time than anticipated, and we learned from our Literacy work, that students should be engaged 90-100% of the time. Planning sets the standard to ensure this.