Use this lesson for test prep and to give your students practice with an analytical prose constructed response. This also makes a meaningful lesson for Women's History Month. First, engage students with two high-quality texts: “Ain’t I a Woman?” by Sojourner Truth and “Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou. Then help students complete close readings of the speech and poem with activity handouts focusing on before, during, and post reading strategies.
Afterwards, students complete a writing task that imitates the style of the PARCC prototype. Whether or not they will face PARCC assessments, this lesson provides instruction for any students needing practice with literary analysis and synthesis writing. This lesson incorporates all strands of the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) Standards.
This enhanced and updated product file includes the following: lesson plan with identified Common Core ELA Anchor Standards, anticipation guide, building background handouts, think aloud sample annotation, text of the speech (public domain) and links to both audio & video versions of each text, activity for analysis of allusions, L.I.S.T. poetry graphic organizer, Venn diagram, literary analysis prompt with rubric and key. The key provides detailed responses and a sample essay.
Please note that to respect copyright, the text for the poem, "Phenomenal Woman," is not included. However, a link to an online version of the poem is provided in the lesson.
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Digital Writing Task Resource Ain't I a Woman? and Phenomenal Woman
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