Grade 8 ELA Module 2A, Unit 1, Lesson 11

Student studying her notes.

Students continue to work with Chapter 2 in this lesson. This is done intentionally to allow more time for students to get into the novel as well as to establish the reading and writing routines they will use throughout Units 1 and 2. Thus, they have done both structured notes and summary writing for Chapter 2 in advance of this lesson.
• Throughout students’ study of To Kill a Mockingbird, they begin each lesson with a vocabulary entry task based on the vocabulary from the structured notes homework.
• This lesson introduces one of several vocabulary activities students will work on throughout the unit to apply and review the academic vocabulary from the novel. Students learn the root word “sent.”
• For more information on roots or etymology, visit or the Online Etymology Dictionary.
• Students reread a key scene in which Scout takes a stand. They answer text-dependent questions and then are introduced to the Taking a Stand anchor chart, which will be used throughout Units 1 and 2 to help students analyze this central theme of the novel.
• From this lesson on, select the Discussion Appointment, making sure to vary it so that students have the opportunity to meet with a variety of their classmates.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RL.8.1 Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly...
L.8.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words or phrases based on grade 8...

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