Make reading classics relevant to secondary students with these real world nonfiction connections. With these three lessons, help your students meet the expectations of Common Core Standards by guiding them through close readings of texts that vary by genre, time period, and author; then help them construct connections with engaging nonfiction texts.
Texts include the following: excerpt from My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass & The New York Times online article, “Malala Yousafzai, Girl Shot by Taliban, Makes Appeal at U.N.”; excerpts from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden & Associated Press online article, “Tiny House Movement Thrives Amid Real Estate Bust”; Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour,” and The Washington Post online article “Study Suggests You Can Die of a Broken Heart.”
Each lesson culminates in either a writing task that imitates the style of the PARCC prototype or other writing activity. Many of the activities are creative, differentiating for students’ interests and abilities. These lessons incorporate all strands of the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) Standards.
Each Real-World Nonfiction Connections resource includes the following: explicit lesson plan with identified Common Core ELA Anchor Standards, handouts with before, during, and post-reading strategy activities, sample texts, links to online texts, graphic organizers, essay prompts, rubrics, and answer keys. Detailed responses for all activities and sample essays are provided in the keys.
If preferred, each nonfiction connection lesson is available separately too! You can find them with other resources here:
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