These lessons require students to think critically and synthesize their reading, identifying central ideas and themes across texts. Each lesson guides them through close readings of stories, speeches, and poems that vary by genre, time period, and author. Additionally, students use before, during, and post-reading strategies to help them construct connections between the texts.
This bundle includes SIX
of my paired passages lessons for high school students
. It encompasses 6 lessons for 12 texts.
The following texts, which are in the Public Domain, are included in the product:
Speech to the Second Virginia Convention by Patrick Henry, The War Prayer by Mark Twain, To My Dear and Loving Husband by Anne Bradstreet, My Last Duchess by Robert Browning, Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin, A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner, The Gift of the Magi by O.Henry, How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, The Names by Bill Collins, and The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell.
In order to respect copyright, online links are provided to the following texts (also available in many school textbooks and anthologies): The Dead of September 11 by Toni Morrison and The Lottery by Shirley Jackson.
Each lesson culminates in a writing task that imitates the style of PARCC and other standardized assessments. Furthermore, these lessons incorporate all strands of the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) Standards.
Paired Passage products include the following: explicit lesson plans with identified Common Core ELA Anchor Standards, anticipation guides, contextual reading guides and sample annotation passages, literature webs and poetry graphic organizers, Venn diagrams, literary analysis prompts, rubrics, and answer keys. Detailed responses for all activities and sample essays are provided in the keys.
This bundle includes 155 pages. If you complete one of these lessons each week, they will last you for six weeks! Because of the text variety, they are also great for differentiating instruction and meeting the needs of diverse learners.
If preferred, each paired passage is available separately
. Please note that all of these lessons are included in my Growing Paired Passages Bundle of 30 Texts (15 lessons) and some are in my Original Paired Passages Bundle of 16 (8 lessons). If you have purchased a previous bundle, please check to ensure you are not buying duplicate lessons