Paired Texts - Theme for English B and We Are Many - Essay Writing

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Students complete close readings of the poems, "Theme for English B" by Langston Hughes and " We Are Many" by Pablo Neruda in this lesson. Then, they write a literary analysis essay requiring them to synthesize and discuss the themes in the poetry.

This 22-page printable resource includes the following:

-explicit lesson plan with identified Common Core ELA Anchor Standards

-anticipation guide

-contextual reading guides

-think aloud with sample annotation passage


-analysis graphic organizers

-Venn diagram

-essay writing prompt

-short analytical 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, literary analysis, and essay writing. Students complete handouts using before-, during-, and post-reading strategies, which provide scaffolding for diverse learners. Afterwards, they respond to a 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.

In addition to the printable lesson, this resource may be used for online learning with EASEL by TpT.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an 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 analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.


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