Prepare students for the 8th grade Reading SOL with this engaging activity that is guaranteed to facilitate meaningful dialogue. Students should annotate for close reading of the texts and use evidence from the article and the poem to answer the text-dependent questions that follow. All questions are directly modeled after the most-missed questions from the most current VDOE released SOL and practice test. Discuss and debrief the correct answers and test-taking strategies.
* Optional: an audio clip of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie reciting the poem can be played for students using Beyonce's "Flawless" song. This song is NOT entirely clean so preview it first and only play the portion that you feel is fun and appropriate.