This is an extremely thorough, full 2-week unit for the short story "Thank You Ma'am" by Langston Hughes. These resources are focused around Common Core Standards for Grade 6, but they are absolutely still relevant for all middle grades students who are studying this story. Please verify this by taking a look at the preview file.
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Characterization (Direct and Indirect)
Theme, Comparing Similar Themes Among Genres
Finding Text Evidence
Paired Passages - Poem by Hughes, memoir by Hughes, and excerpt from biography about Hughes, all with similar themes - Deep Analysis included!
See the list of activities below for a COMPLETE list of all of the skills covered. The ones above are simply the FOCUS of this unit.
Editable and digital versions included! Scroll to the bottom for details.
This is a comprehensive, Common Core-Aligned Unit packed with a ton of rigorous resources for teaching with this short story. I’ve also included within the unit instructions for accessing this short story if you don’t have it.
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I've also included complete instructions and standards alignments in the preview file so you can look as closely as you like at this unit before purchase.
List of Activities & Difficulty Level: *Easy **Moderate ***Challenge
Activity 1: Character Traits Lesson*
Activity 2: Character Traits Practice*
Activity 3: Characterization Lesson (Internal/External)**
Activity 4: Characterization Analysis of Fable**
Activity 5: Journal Prompt/Discussion*
Activity 6: Annotation Guide: Characterization***
Activity 7: Story Vocabulary Activity (Review)*
Activity 8: Comprehension Quiz*
Activity 9: Indirect Characterization Analysis 1***
Activity 10: Indirect Characterization Analysis 2***
Activity 11: Vocabulary Guide: Identifying Words**
Activity 12: Character Trait Text Evidence Analysis***
Activity 13: Citing Dialogue in Text**
Activity 14: Theme Lesson**
Activity 15: Theme Practice Printables**
Activity 16: Theme Analysis of Story***
Activity 17: Comprehension Skills Test**
Activity 18: Character’s Symbolic Transformation***
Activity 19: Paired Texts: Poem, Memoir, Biography Exc.
Activity 20: Paired Texts Analysis***
Activity 21: Essential Question (Putting It All Together)***
**Digital components included!** All student pages are also included in Google Slides version so that students can access them and complete them digitally. Both assessments (quiz and test) are included in self-grading Google Forms versions.
*EDITABLE* I have added my own original files in PowerPoint format for you to edit if you wish for your own classroom use. This only includes story-specific printables and I can't guarantee your ability to edit them based on your computer's settings and your tech knowledge. Bonus activities that have been included here as a courtesy to you (like interactive notebook lessons) will not include the editable versions - those editable versions are only available in the original resources.