Help your students make relevant connections to classic texts! Students complete close readings of two nonfiction texts: excerpts from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden and an online Associated Press article, “Tiny House Movement Thrives Amid Real Estate Bust.”
Students begin by writing a journal about their most essential activities and consider how they can find more time for what they want to do. A handout with before, during, and post-reading strategies provides scaffolding for their reading, and the lesson culminates with a writing activity assignment.
Students select from a menu of activities which fit various learning styles and interests. Whether they choose to take a walk outdoors, experience a “virtual field trip,” build a model of a “Tiny House,” or eliminate technology for a day, each student will find an interesting activity. All activities involve a writing assignment.
Not only does this lesson make real-world connections to make learning relevant for your students, but it also meets expectations of the Common Core Curriculum by employing rigorous nonfiction texts. Additionally, this lesson incorporates all strands of the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) Standards.
The 20 page resource includes the following:
Explicit lesson plan with identified Common Core ELA Anchor Standards,
Handouts with journal prompt, vocabulary, and post-reading questions,
Peer review handout,
Writing activities menu,
Key providing detailed responses.
If you like this lesson, you may also find my other Nonfiction connection lessons or my Paired Passages lessons useful for your classroom:
Nonfiction Connections: Frederick Douglass & Malala Yousafzai
Nonfiction Connections: Story of an Hour & The Washington Post
Nonfiction Connections Bundle
Paired Passage: Ain't I a Woman? & Phenomenal Woman