Grade 8 ELA Module 2A, Unit 1, Lesson 16

The beginning of this lesson builds in more practice for students to analyze the meaning and structure of a poem, a skill introduced in Lesson 15. However, in this lesson, the analysis does not go as in-depth with questions pertaining to word choice or perspective, since this text is more accessible. Remind students that even though they are focused on structure, they need to keep in mind those other elements of poetry in order to understand the meaning. In Lesson 17, students will come back to this poem and compare it to the novel.
• Note that the poem “Incident” directly refers to a moment when the Golden Rule is not followed, and it involves a racial slur. Be sure to read the poem in advance and be prepared to handle this offensive slur sensitively with students.
• During Work Time, the reading focus in this lesson is first for students to analyze a quote that shows Scout’s perspective about Boo Radley. These quotes are pulled from several chapters, not just Chapter 8. The purpose is for students to participate in a jigsaw in order to understand how Scout’s perspective about Boo Radley changes over the course of the book. The focus on Boo is built into this lesson because the incident when Boo puts the blanket on Scout’s shoulders is a turning point in the way Scout thinks of Boo.

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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...
RL.8.3 Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal...
RL.8.9 Analyze how a modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from...

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