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This is an essential question and focus questions Thinking Map way to introduce 8th grade literature standard CCSS RL.8.4. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts. This product focuses on the first half of the standard. Part 2 focuses on the second half of the standard.
This includes the two-page bellringer activity, Thinking Map to use with the texts, and the essential question and focus questions to be printed for classroom display while you are working on this skill.