"The School Play" Gary Soto Complete Unit Comprehension, Analysis, Writing

Grade Levels
5th - 8th
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"The School Play" Gary Soto Complete Unit Comprehension, Analysis, Writing--- Print and Digital Ready for Distance Learning.

This no prep, ready to print mini-unit is a deep dive into Gary Soto’s short story “The School Play.” It is also ready to be assigned for distance learnning. It is aligned to 6th Grade Common Core ELA standards, but could be used as a beginning of the year mini-unit in a 7th grade ELA class. It includes everything teachers need to execute, including an answer key. The text of the story is NOT included. “The School Play” is commonly taught in 6th grade ELA and is widely available online and in several textbooks. This deep dive takes between 5-8 days, depending on the length of your class period and will leave students with an in-depth understanding of the plot and theme of Gary Soto’s “The School Play”

The Common Core aligned unit is suitable for middle school students at ALL levels, but includes scaffolded support for students who struggle in writing.

This unit includes:

-a comprehension worksheet aligned to Common Core Standard RL 6.1

-a worksheet where students explore and analyze the elements of plot aligned to RL 6.3

-a characterization and textual evidence worksheet aligned to RL 6.6 and RL 6.1

-a close reading activity where students analyze theme, aligned to RL 6.2

-a final essay with a scaffolded graphic organizer, aligned to RL 6.2

-4 exit tickets, each assessing a different reading skill


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Total Pages
35 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


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