Add rigor to your lessons with my newest Common Core Writing Task Paired Passages lesson! Not only do students complete close readings of two classic short stories, this lesson gives your students practice with a literary analysis prose constructed response. The prompt requires students to interpret universal themes and explore ideas of tradition and change.
First, engage students with Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” and William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily.” Help students complete a close reading of the texts with activity hand-outs focusing on before, during, and after reading strategies. An additional think aloud which models annotation has been included with this lesson to help the teacher scaffold instruction.
Afterwards, students complete a writing task that imitates the style of the PARCC prototype. Whether or not they will face PARCC assessments, this lesson provides instruction for any students needing practice with close reading. This lesson incorporates all strands of the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) Standards.
The 29 page product file includes the following:
Explicit lesson plan with identified Common Core Standards, anticipation guide, contextual reading guides, think aloud with sample annotation passage, texts of the stories, two character analysis graphic organizers, Venn diagram, literary analysis prompt with link to rubric, and key. Detailed responses for all activities and a sample essay are provided in the key.
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