This Common Core Paired Passage Writing Task makes 9/11 relevant for English class. In this rigorous lesson, students complete close readings of Billy Collins's poem “The Names” and Toni Morrison’s poem “The Dead of September 11.” Then, they synthesize their understanding of the readings, consider and compare themes, and write a short literary analysis.
This 24-page product file includes the following:
-explicit lesson plan with identified Common Core ELA Anchor Standards
-contextual reading guides
-think aloud with sample annotation passage
-text of “The Names” (available in the public domain)
-link to “The Dead of September 11” (to respect copyright)
-literary analysis 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 rereading, annotation, poetry analysis, and literary analysis writing. Students complete handouts using before-, during-, and post-reading strategies, which provide scaffolding for diverse learners. Afterwards, they respond to a literary analysis writing task that imitates the style of the PARCC prototype and asks them to consider universal themes.
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.
If you like this lesson, you may be interested in the other Paired Passages lessons in my store:
Meaningful and Memorable English Language Arts by ©OCBeachTeacher
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