8th Grade Common Core Practice - RL.8.5 - 3-5 mini-lessons

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These 3 short lessons help students with CCSS.ELA.RL.8.5: Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style. This Common Core practice uses the research-based "model-guide-practice" teaching strategy and is part of my Continuous Improvement Model (CIM) series.

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This resource includes a table of contents linked to corresponding pages in the document as well as suggestions for differentiation, collaborative learning, and extension. Additionally, the multiple-choice vs. open-response teacher pages are separated into different sections.

Note: this resource references specific meter and foot terms (anapest, iamb, tetrameter, trimeter, etc.). If students are not familiar with these terms, you may wish to rephrase the wording or do a short pre-lesson on the terms.

In this resource are 6 questions related to the RL.5 standard (Author's Craft and Structure).

NOTE: This resource also addresses LAFS.8.RL.2.5 because of how Florida revised their standards.

Why should you purchase this resource?

- Common Core Aligned
- Unique, targeted standard practice

Note: Although some of the Lexile ® scores are above the grade 8 complexity bands, the text structures and the purpose of the texts make the excerpts accessible for grade 8. The average Lexile ® score is 980.

♦Lesson 1: This lesson uses an excerpt from Edgar Allen Poe’s poem, “Annabel Lee,” (approximate Lexile ® 920) and an excerpt from Walt Whitman’s “In Cabin’d Ships at Sea” (approximate Lexile ® 1120).

♦Lesson 2: This lesson uses an excerpt from Edgar Allen Poe’s short story, “The Tell-Tale Heart,” (approximate Lexile ® 470) and an excerpt from Francis Hodgson Burnett’s, The Secret Garden (approximate Lexile ® 1080). Poe’s excerpt includes a background note for context.

♦Lesson 3: This lesson uses Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem, “Good and Bad Children,” (approximate Lexile ® 1040) and Emily Dickenson’s poem, “If you were coming in the fall” (approximate Lexile ® 1250).

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In this CIM, the 3 lessons are designed to take under 10 minutes each. They can be done together on a single day (although that is NOT the intent of the product) or on 3-5 separate days.

This CIM uses the "I do," "we do," "you do" model of instruction.

The questions can be used as either multiple choice or short/extended response. These questions are intended for in-class instruction and NOT intended for homework, summative/formal assessment, or portfolio/extended work. The questions are not exhaustive of those that could be asked for this standard, but they are a good place to start.

This product is a .zip with 3 separate files: the teacher version (with script), student version without answer choices (open-response), and student version with answer choices (multiple-choice). Student versions may be copied and distributed as necessary for purchasing teacher's classes.

The teacher pages include the questions for display (both with and without answer choices), the excerpts for display, and the teacher script (multiple-choice vs. open-response scripts are in separate sections of the document).

To determine if this CIM is what you are looking for, I would encourage you to download my free version of this product, which is practice for RL.6.1:
6th Grade Common Core Practice RL.6.1 three mini lessons FREE

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8th Grade Common Core Practice - RL.8.5 - 3-5 mini-lessons
8th Grade Common Core Practice - RL.8.5 - 3-5 mini-lessons
8th Grade Common Core Practice - RL.8.5 - 3-5 mini-lessons
8th Grade Common Core Practice - RL.8.5 - 3-5 mini-lessons