Grade 7 ELA Module 2A, Unit 1, Lesson 5

Student conducting close read of text.

In this lesson, students thoroughly analyze Lyddie, the central character of the book. Work Time A serves to synthesize the discussion of Lyddie’s character that students have done in Lessons 2, 3, and 4.
• This character analysis is important preparation for the end of unit assessment, in which students will write an argumentative essay about whether Lyddie should sign the petition at the mills. In order to decide whether Lyddie should sign the petition, students need a thorough understanding of who Lyddie is, what she cares about, what motivates her, etc.
• Taking the time to explore the question “Who is Lyddie?” also will help deepen students’ engagement with and enjoyment of the text.
• Students will also watch a short video to help them visualize the working conditions at the mill. It will also help them understand the complex descriptions of the loom and mill in the next part of the book.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RL.7.1 Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as...
RL.7.3 Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the...
SL.7.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led...

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