Challenge your students with rigorous texts and help them meet the expectations of Common Core Standards by guiding them through close readings of two poems, "We Wear the Mask" by pre- Harlem Renaissance poet Paul Laurence Dunbar and "I'm Nobody! Who are you?" by Emily Dickinson. Then facilitate their understanding of the speakers’ attitudes and central themes as they construct connections between the poems.
The lesson engages students with an icebreaker opening game of "Two Truths and a Lie" and culminates in a writing task that imitates the style of the PARCC prototype. Additionally, this lesson incorporates all strands of the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) Standards.
This 19 page Paired Passages product includes the following:
-explicit lesson plan with identified Common Core ELA Anchor Standards
-pre-reading guide and sample annotation passage
-rereading strategy handout
-poetry analysis graphic organizer
-literary analysis prompt
-short literary analysis essay rubric
-answer key (includes detailed responses for all activities and a sample essay)
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Writing Task Paired Passage: Kate Chopin & William Faulkner
Gift of the Magi & How Do I Love Thee? Writing Task
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