Grade 5 ELA Module 1, Unit 2, Lesson 8


This lesson goes into more depth on the concept of theme, which was briefly touched on in Lesson 6. Students may not have time in Part B of work time to address all four central “big metaphors” (symbols) and their thematic significance. This is fine; students will return to this idea in future lessons. Be sure to save 10 minutes for students to prepare for the Mid-Unit 2 Assessment, which will occur in Lesson 9.

This lesson uses the “big metaphors” as a more student-friendly way to begin to think about the central symbols in the novel. Feel free to introduce the concept of a “symbol” if appropriate for your students. (See teaching note in Lesson 6.)

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RL.5.1 Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing...
RL.5.2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in...
RL.5.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative...

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