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Help your students practice close reading and essay writing while also meeting expectations of the Common Core State Standards by guiding them through two poems, “First Lesson" by Philip Booth and "Those Winter Sundays" by Robert Hayden. Then facilitate their understanding of the speakers’ attitudes and central themes as they construct connections between the poems.
The lesson culminates in a writing task that imitates the style of the PARCC prototype and gives students practice writing literary analysis essays. Additionally, this lesson incorporates all strands of the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) Standards.
This 18 page Paired Passages resource includes the following:
-explicit lesson plan with identified Common Core ELA Anchor Standards,
-contextual reading guide
-sample annotation passage
-rereading strategy handout
-poetry graphic organizer
-literary analysis essay prompt
-short literary analysis essay rubric
-key (includes detailed responses for all activities and a sample essay, making valuable emergency substitute lesson plans)
The poems for this lesson can easily be found in most English textbooks or poetry anthologies. If you do not have copies of the poems, links are provided (to respect copyright) to online access of the poems.