Paired Texts - Road Not Taken and Harlem (Dream Deferred) - Distance Learning

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6th - 9th, Homeschool
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Guide students through close readings of two poems: "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost and "Harlem (Dream Deferred)" by Langston Hughes. Then, facilitate their understanding of the central themes and speakers’ attitudes as they construct connections between the poems. Use this activity to provide practice with a prose constructed response (short essay).

In addition to the printable lesson, this resource is ready to use in Google Classroom for distance learning with the TpT Digital Layer Tool!

This 20-page product includes the following:

-explicit lesson plan with identified Common Core ELA Anchor Standards

-anticipation guide

-building background handout

-sample annotation passage

-poem texts

-rereading strategy handout

-literature web and poetry graphic organizer

-Venn diagram

-literary analysis prompt

-short literary analysis essay rubric

-key (with 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, poetry analysis, and synthesis. Students complete handouts with before-, during-, and post-reading strategies, which provide scaffolding for diverse learners. After reading, students write an essay that imitates the style of a standardized assessment. Even if your students will not face such assessments, you'll find this lesson provides valuable instruction for classes needing to practice literary analysis writing.

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.

Are you interested in a digital version (Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive) of this lesson that includes an instructional video? Click the link below.

Digital Paired Text: Road Not Taken & Harlem

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.


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