Guide your students to a deeper level of understanding of the short story,
Little Things are Big by Jesus Colon. A copy of the story may be read and heard at http://ctp.facinghistory.org/stories/ltab/hear. The story deals with the theme of prejudice.
This standards-based lesson leads the students through a pre-reading activity that activates prior knowledge, a vocabulary study, a during-reading imagery activity, an analysis of conflict/solution, a post-reading response and analysis, and a thematic found poem activity.
(Also available in Word format).
The students will be able to:
- Analyze and define abstract vocabulary
- Visualize imagery
- Interpret the intent of the author
- Identify themes
- Utilize skills and vocabulary that are common in high-stakes exams
The design of the activity is also effective with English language learners.
Check out the lesson, Racism - Puerto Ricans in New York, also dealing with the themes of prejudice and racism.
Short Stories, Poetry, literature, SDAIE, test prep, reading comprehension, guided reading, Scott Forrest
Dr. Forrest has been in secondary education since 1992. He currently teaches at a grades 7-12 school in Southern California. His subjects include ELD, Reading, Creative Writing, Beginning Drama, and Exit Exam Intervention.