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Help students understand the theme of social injustice in To Kill a Mockingbird with this Paired Passage. Students will read a carefully selected passage from chapter 12 in To Kill a Mockingbird and discuss the guided discussion questions in small groups or as a whole class. Then students will close read the poem, We Wear the Mask by Paul Lawrence Dunbar. Then students will discuss the thematic relevance of both passages and how each author treated the topic of social injustice. Guided discussion questions will support their understanding.
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Looking for more great resources for your classroom? This unit is a part of my semester 2 bundle AND my Full Year English Curriculum Bundle. These curriculum bundles will take you from the first day procedures, syllabus, and get-to-know-you activities to the final semester reflection and/or end-of-year writing prompts. Every day and every lesson is planned and created for your 8th or 9th-grade students. This curriculum is aligned to CCSS standards; the semester 1 and semester 2 curriculum will cover all of the CCSS standards for both 8th and 9th grade.
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