Obviously poverty is a serious subject. You may have many students who live at the poverty level; I understand, as I used to work in a Title I school. As tough a subject as it is, this will pair nicely with a narrative or memoir unit, should you be working on that.
You may find this piece online with an easy Google search. In my search, the first PDF file that came up has two essays on the document, but this packet is only for “Shame.” Just a heads up. ”Shame” is approximately 1,400 words.
*Please look this essay up before purchasing to make sure it will work for you. The essay is NOT included in the packet.*
You may want to approach the reading together, and encourage annotation, however, you may also want the piece to have as much impact as possible, and have students read it first alone, then discuss it afterwards as a class.
I’ve included a writing page for your students as an option for immediate response after reading. No questions yet, just put your thoughts on paper…sometimes it’s good to debrief.
You may choose which exercises to use, or use them all. I have included vocabulary, questions about narration, comprehension questions, interpretive questions, and bigger picture questions.
There is no answer key--most of the questions are student-opinion/analysis based, and should be open to interpretation. As for the vocab and comprehension questions; I don't think this will be too much trouble for your students to successfully complete.
I hope you find the resources included here valuable for your students. I am working on a narrative unit at the beginning of this year, and want my students to read a variety of styles, on a variety of subjects.
If you are interested in another great non-fiction piece/packet for your students, check this one out: Non-Fiction Study for "The Grieving Never Ends" by Roxanne Roberts
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