This lesson with paired passages encourages students to explore themes of love through close readings of the O.Henry story “The Gift of the Magi” and Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poem “How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways.” Students synthesize their understanding of the texts, consider and compare themes, and complete a prose constructed response.
This 26-page resource includes the following:
-explicit lesson plan with identified Common Core ELA Anchor Standards
-contextual reading guides
-think aloud with sample annotation passage
-texts of the poem and story
-literary analysis essay prompt
-short literary analysis rubric
-key (with detailed responses for all activities and a sample essay)
Incorporating all strands of the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) Anchor Standards, this "paired passages" lesson encourages students to practice skills in annotation, story and poetry analysis, and synthesis. Students complete handouts with before-, during-, and post-reading strategies, which provide scaffolding for diverse learners. Afterwards, students respond to a literary analysis writing task that imitates the style of the PARCC prototype and asks them to consider universal themes. Use as a formative assessment to prepare students for standardized assessments or for any students needing practice with literary analysis essay writing.
With its detailed instructions and samples, this resource would make an excellent lesson for a substitute if you will be out for a couple of days. Furthermore, these texts would be excellent for the winter holidays or for Valentine's Day.
Do you use Google Drive or Microsoft One Drive? You may be interested in the digital version of this lesson along with other digital resources:
Digital Writing Task Resource Gift of the Magi & How Do I Love Thee?
Digital Writing Task Resource Road & Harlem
Digital Writing Task Resource Ain't I a Woman? and Phenomenal Woman
If you like this lesson, you may be interested in these other Paired Passages lessons with classic texts:
And here are poetry prompts if your students would benefit from more practice analyzing poetry:
Poetry Bell Ringers 3
Poetry Bell Ringers 2
Poetry Bell Ringers 1
Poetry Bell Ringers for the Winter Season
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