Help your students make relevant connections to classic texts! Students complete close readings of two texts: Washington Irving's classic story, "The Devil and Tom Walker," and The New York Times article, "On Wall Street, a Culture of Greed Won't Let Go."
Students begin by writing a journal with their thoughts about wealth and money. 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 research the financial crisis of 2008, interview their parents about family finances, or imagine they lived during The Great Depression, each student will find an activity that interests him or her. All activities involve a narrative, informational, or argumentative 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 nonfiction text, practice with an Evidence Based Selected Response (EBSR), and use of annotation for close reading. Additionally, this lesson incorporates all strands of the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) Standards.
The 25 page product file includes the following:
Explicit lesson plan with identified Common Core Standards,
Handouts with journal prompt, vocabulary, and post-reading questions,
Think Aloud Annotation Example,
Washington Irving story text and online link to news article,
Peer review handout focusing on the 6+1 traits,
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