My newest Common Core Writing Task Paired Passage engages students with two classic stories. In this rigorous lesson, students complete close readings of Richard Connell’s story, “The Most Dangerous Game,” and Shirley Jackson’s story, “The Lottery.” They complete handouts with before, during, and post-reading strategies, which provide scaffolding for the writing task. Afterwards they respond to a literary analysis writing task that imitates the style of the PARCC prototype and asks them to consider universal themes. This lesson provides practice with synthesis writing and literary analysis. Incorporating all strands of the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) Anchor Standards, skills stressed include annotation, story analysis, and synthesis.
The 35 page product file includes the following:
Explicit lesson plan with identified Common Core ELA Anchor Standards, anticipation guide, contextual reading guides, think aloud with sample annotation passage, text of “The Most Dangerous Game”(public domain), link to “The Lottery” (to respect copyright), graphic organizers, Venn diagram, literary analysis prompt, short literary analysis rubric, and key. Detailed responses for all activities and a sample essay are provided in the key.
If you like this resource, you may want to view these other Paired Passages lessons in my store:
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