Grade 8 ELA Module 2A, Unit 1, Lesson 1

Students discussing text with teacher.

This lesson launches Module 2 and frames the theme of “taking a stand.” Students begin to build their background knowledge of what it means to take a stand. As students engage in a Gallery Walk, they view powerful photographs to help establish an understanding of this concept.
• Students view a photograph that shows opposing people taking a stand: one person taking a stand for racial integration in schools and another against. This is to show that people can take a stand in both positive and negative ways. For the purpose of this module’s study of the theme of taking a stand, students will focus on the idea of taking a stand to help others. They begin this discussion in this lesson and will continue this discussion when they study the novel.
• Students begin a Taking a Stand: Frayer Model handout. This is designed to support students as they build a deeper understanding of what it means to take a stand, the overarching theme of the module. Be sure students hold onto this handout to work on over several lessons.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RI.8.7 Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums (e.g., print or digital text,...

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