Paired Texts - First Lesson and Those Winter Sundays - Distance Learning

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6th - 10th, Homeschool
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Help your students practice close reading and essay writing while also meeting expectations of the Common Core State Standards by guiding them through two poems: “First Lesson" by Philip Booth and "Those Winter Sundays" by Robert Hayden. Then, facilitate their understanding of the speakers’ attitudes and central themes as they construct connections between the poems and practice writing literary analysis essays.

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This 20-page resource includes the following:

  • explicit lesson plan with identified Common Core ELA Anchor Standards
  • anticipation guide
  • contextual reading guide
  • sample annotation passage
  • poems
  • rereading strategy handout
  • literature web
  • poetry graphic organizer
  • Venn diagram
  • literary analysis essay prompt
  • short literary analysis essay rubric
  • key (including detailed responses for all activities and a sample essay)

Incorporating all strands of the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) Anchor Standards, this "paired passages" lesson encourages students to practice skills in annotation, analysis, and synthesis. Students complete handouts with before-, during-, and post-reading strategies, which provide scaffolding for diverse learners. Afterwards, students respond to a literary analysis writing task that imitates the style of a standardized assessment.

With its detailed instructions and samples, this resource would make an excellent lesson for a substitute if you will be out for a couple of days.

Interested in more lessons like this? Here are some you may want to check out:

Writing Task Paired Passage: Naming Myself & My Name

Writing Task Paired Passage: Myths

Writing Task Paired Passage: Speech and War Prayer

Writing Task Paired Passage: My Last Duchess and To My Dear & Loving Husband

Writing Task Paired Passage: We Wear the Mask & I'm Nobody!

You can also find bundles of these lessons here:

Close Reading with Paired Passages

Close Reading Paired Passages Bundle

Close Reading POETRY Paired Passages Bundle

And here are digital resources if you use Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive:

Digital Writing Task Resource First Lesson & Those Winter Sundays

Digital Writing Task Resource Road & Harlem

Digital Writing Task Resource Ain't I a Woman? and Phenomenal Woman

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.


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