READY TO USE LESSON PLAN
This lesson challenges students to perform a close-reading of Judith Ortiz Cofer's poem "El Olvido" and identify a central idea. In this poem, Cofer, a Puerto Rican-American author, discusses the dangers in one forgetting his/her culture as he/she adapts to a new one. I have found this lesson to be very effective, as I've used it many times in my 11th grade classroom, and that it is particularly engaging for students who are immigrants, as many of them articulate their text-to-self connections when we do this lesson.
The lesson, which can be used as is by teachers or modified to fit their purposes, consists of an Aim, Do Now, Preview of Pertinent Vocabulary, a Reading Period, a Work Period consisting of rigorous, higher-order, text-dependent questions, an Exit Question, and a Homework assignment-- all of which are aligned to the lesson's Aim.