Paired Texts Test Prep - Close Reading and Essay Writing Bundle

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    1. Challenge your students to read and write critically with these lessons including all of my popular "Paired Passages" (paired texts). These lessons require students to synthesize their reading and identify central ideas across texts. Each lesson guides them through close readings of texts that vary
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    In these three lessons, students compare paired texts that have similar universal themes. These detailed lesson plans will provide you with everything you need to help your students meet Common Core English Language Arts Standards as they make connections between the texts and construct effective comparison essays.

    This 60-page bundle includes the following:

    -explicit lesson plans with identified Common Core ELA Anchor Standards

    -anticipation guides

    -contextual reading guides with sample annotation passages

    -poetry, fiction, and non-fiction texts

    -literature webs and poetry graphic organizers

    -Venn diagrams

    -literary analysis prompts


    -answer keys

    -sample essays

    The following texts, which are in the public domain, are included in the product:

    • "Ain’t I a Woman?" by Sojourner Truth
    • "Speech to the Second Virginia Convention" by Patrick Henry
    • "The War Prayer" by Mark Twain.

    In order to respect copyright, online links are provided to the following texts (many of these are also available in school textbooks and anthologies):

    • "Phenomenal Woman" by Maya Angelou
    • "Naming Myself" by Barbara Kingsolver
    • "My Name" by Sandra Cisneros.

    The lessons culminate in writing tasks that imitate the style of a standardized assessment. Furthermore, these lessons incorporate all strands of the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) Anchor Standards. Because sample essays and detailed responses for all activities are provided in these lessons, this product is ideal for emergency substitute lesson plans.

    Are your interested in other "Paired Passages" lessons? You may want to check the links below:

    The Road Not Taken and Dream Deferred

    Civil Disobedience and The Great Debaters

    The Tell-Tale Heart and Sonnet 100

    We Shall Overcome and Second Inaugural Address

    Story of an Hour and A Rose for Emily

    Meaningful and Memorable English Language Arts by © OCBeachTeacher

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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
    Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
    Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
    Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
    Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.


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