This Common Core Writing Task Paired Passage 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.”
During the lesson, 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 rereading, annotation, and poetry analysis.
The 24 page product file includes the following:
Explicit lesson plan with identified Common Core ELA Anchor Standards, anticipation guide, journal, contextual reading guides, think aloud with sample annotation passage, text of “The Names”(public domain), link to “The Dead of September 11” (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.
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