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Paired Texts - Frederick Douglass & Malala Yousafzai - Distance Learning

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8th - 11th, Homeschool
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22 pages
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This lesson connects three texts: Robert Hayden’s poem “Frederick Douglass,” an excerpt from Frederick Douglass’s My Bondage and My Freedom, and the New York Times article “Malala Yousafzai, Girl Shot by Taliban, Makes Appeal at U.N.” This lesson makes learning relevant for your students through real-world connections, while also meeting expectations of the Common Core Curriculum by employing rigorous nonfiction texts.

This resource can be used for distance learning in Google Classroom with the TpT Digital Layer Tool!

Use this lesson to give your students practice with close reading and the synthesis of ideas. Activity handouts focus on before-, during-, and post-reading strategies and culminate in a short essay, which asks students to consider why education may be limited for certain groups of people.

Additionally, links take students to two video clips on the Internet, one from Poetry Out Loud and the other from the New York Times. These videos facilitate the learning of auditory and visual learners. Furthermore, this lesson incorporates all strands of the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) Standards.

The 22-page resource includes the following:

  • explicit lesson plan with identified Common Core Anchor Standards
  • handout with journal and pre-reading activities
  • vocabulary practice
  • poem and excerpt texts
  • graphic organizers
  • post-reading questions
  • essay prompt
  • peer response handout
  • essay rubric
  • keys
  • sample essay

If you like this lesson, you may find my other nonfiction connections lessons useful:

Real-World Nonfiction Connections Bundle

Walden & Tiny House Video/Article

Midsummer & New York Times Article

Story of an Hour & Washington Post Article

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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.
Apply grades 9–10 Reading standards to literary nonfiction (e.g., “Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is valid and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; identify false statements and fallacious reasoning”).
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented (e.g., articulating implications or the significance of the topic).


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