Another lesson to get your kids talking about things that are important to them and practicing ELA skills at the same time!
This lesson features paired fiction and non-fiction passages, is CCSS aligned, and provides opportunity for students to work collaboratively to investigate relevant texts, practice ELA skills and extend their learning and understanding through discussion and writing. It features the short story "The Wrong Lunch Line," by Nicholasa Mohr and a current and very relevant non-fiction article adapted from The New York Times.
Skills addressed: connect, predict, summarize, synthesize, infer, compare and contrast, root words, tone and mood, close reading, text structures, setting, point of view, fact and opinion.
During the lesson students will: discuss in small and large group, work with a partner to read and investigate, collaborate, and confirm both closed and open ended questions, and respond in writing to a prompt that requires understanding, identification of evidence, and synthesis of two similarly-themed texts.
This lesson was used in a 7th grade ELA classroom during a 90 class period. The exit slip was done as homework. It can also be easily divided over two shorter class period. It is suitable for sub plans.