Digital Paired Texts - Ain't I a Woman? & Phenomenal Woman - Distance Learning

Grade Levels
7th - 10th, Homeschool
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16 pages, 13 slides, 1 video
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  1. This digital bundle includes all of my Google Drive paired passages lessons and will continue to grow. Currently, it encompasses 10 lessons for 20 texts. These lessons require students to think critically and synthesize their reading, identifying central ideas across texts. Each lesson guides them t
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Here is a digital writing task resource for Google Drive and Microsoft One Drive. Much like my popular printed lesson, this activity guides students through close readings of the speech "Ain’t I a Woman?" by Sojourner Truth and the poem "Phenomenal Woman" by Maya Angelou and then facilitates their understanding of the speakers’ attitudes and central themes as they construct connections between the texts. These classic texts help meet expectations of Common Core Standards and provide practice with a prose constructed response.

Activity handouts focus on before-, during-, and post-reading strategies. Furthermore, a slide with model annotations helps to scaffold instruction. After reading, students write an essay that imitates the style of a standardized assessment. Whether or not your students will face state assessments, this lesson provides instruction for any students needing practice with close reading and essay writing. This lesson also incorporates all strands of the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) Standards.

This resource includes a 16-page PDF file with the following:

-digital instructions for implementing with Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive

-explicit lesson plan with identified Common Core ELA Anchor Standards

-answer key (includes detailed responses for all activities and a sample essay, making this a valuable emergency substitute lesson plan)

In the PDF there is a link to 13 Google slides with the following:

-anticipation guide

-building background handouts

-think-aloud sample annotation

-text of the speech (which is in the public domain)

-links to both audio & video versions of each text

-activity for analysis of allusions

-L.I.S.T. poetry graphic organizer

-Venn diagram

-analytical essay prompt with rubric

In one of the Google Slides, there is also a link to an instructional video on YouTube which includes a think-aloud as the teacher models her annotation process.

Please note that to respect copyright, the text for the poem "Phenomenal Woman" is not included. However, a link to an online version of the poem is provided in the lesson.

If preferred, you can simply purchase the traditional format and PRINT ONLY VERSION of this lesson here:

Print Only Paired Passage: Ain't I a Woman & Phenomenal Woman

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented (e.g., articulating implications or the significance of the topic).
Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.


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