This lesson focuses on an understated standard that, when given due focus, will allow students to truly dig deeper into a literary text. Through this assignment students will be introduced to one of Langston Hughes's classic short stories, "Thank You, M'am", as well as to the standard they will be studying. The standard basically states that students will analyze the incidents and dialogue from a text to determine their effect on the text of their purpose.
The assignment is laid out in a graphic organizer fashion which first provides the students with a completed example. Then, students work through the organization addressing pre-selected incidents and dialogue from "Thank You, M'am". The organizer is a mix of pre-filled answers with student responses. As students come to the close of the assignment, they will be filling in both the effect/purpose and the explanation. The graphic organizer is designed to build students up to the completion point by letting them complete a little more in each question. Additionally, teachers may have students identify their own incidents and dialogue to add to the analysis chart.
I highly recommend teachers review the work with the students after completion. Students typically get much more out of the assignment if they are able to hear and see the ideal response modeled to them.
This purchase includes a full lesson plan introducing the text and even walk through "teacher says". Also includes the assignment sheet, answer key and a digital copy for technology based classrooms or teachers who wish to make small procedural changes. *Please do not abuse the digital copy by breaking copyright!*
Although, this assignment is geared specifically toward 8th Grade ELA Common Core, it is easily used with or without modification for surrounding grade levels.