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Middle School Bundle: Close Reading & Writing Tasks

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This bundle includes SIX of my paired passages lessons that should be appropriate for middle school students. It encompasses six close reading lessons for 12 texts.

These lessons require students to think critically and synthesize their reading, identifying central ideas across texts. Each lessons guides them through close readings of texts that vary by genre, time period, and author; then the before, during, and post-reading strategies help them construct connections between the texts.

The following texts, which are in the Public Domain, are included in the bundle:
Ain’t I a Woman? by Sojourner Truth, We Wear the Mask by Paul Laurence Dunbar, I’m Nobody! Who are you? by Emily Dickinson, Native American Myth How the World Was Made, Greek Myth Demeter and Persephone, Harlem (Dream Deferred) by Langston Hughes, and The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost.

In order to respect copyright, online links are provided to the following texts. (Many of these are available in school texts and anthologies): First Lesson by Philip Booth, Those Winter Sundays by Robert Hayden, Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou, Naming Myself by Barbara Kingsolver, and My Name by Sandra Cisneros.

Each lesson culminates in a writing task that imitates the style of the PARCC prototype. 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 essay prompts,
-answer keys (detailed responses for all activities and sample essays are provided in the keys, making these valuable substitute lesson plans).

This bundle includes 110 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 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 Newest Paired Bundle of 24 Texts (12 lessons) and some are in my Original Paired Bundle of 16 (8 lessons). If you have purchased a previous bundle, please check to ensure you are not buying duplicate lessons,:
Writing Task Paired Passage: Ain't I a Woman & Phenomenal Woman
Writing Task Paired Passage: Naming Myself & My Name
Writing Task Paired Passage: Myths
Writing Task Paired Passage: We Wear the Mask & I'm Nobody!
Writing Task Paired Passage: First Lesson & Those Winter Sundays
Print Only CC Writing Task Road Not Taken & Harlem

If you use Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive, here are two digital versions of these lessons:
Digital Resrouce CC Writing Task Road Not Taken & Harlem
Digital Writing Task Resource Ain't I a Woman? and Phenomenal Woman

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