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supporting an argument; identifying central ideas and supporting details
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Levels of Meaning/Purpose
The article has a clear purpose—to present arguments for and against developing technologies that will radically extend the human lifespan.
The article contains cause-effect and compare-contrast structures; arguments for and against the debate question are woven throughout the text.
Language Conventionality and Clarity
Vocabulary: Some higher-level academic vocabulary (e.g., inevitable, innovations, radically) and some domain vocabulary (Alzheimer's, cryonics, etc.)
It is helpful to have some knowledge of the effects of aging on the body and mind, as well as the relationship between humans and the environment.
Skills and Standards
Common Core ELA Anchor Standards: R1, R2, R4, R5, R6, R8, W1, W4, W5, W9, SL1, L1
NCTE/IRA: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 11, 12