Grade 8 ELA Module 2A, Unit 1, Lesson 17

Students discussing their work in class.

• In this lesson, students will practice the comparing and contrasting that they have learned in this unit: comparing and contrasting text structures, as well as comparing and contrasting the text and film versions of To Kill a Mockingbird. Feel free to point out where the skills are similar, even though the application of the skills is in different contexts. Generalizing critical thinking skills will help students master them in multiple contexts.
• The lesson begins with an analysis of the narrative structure of Chapter 8 and then compares it with the text structure of “Incident,” which students analyzed in the previous lesson.
• For the Text to Film Comparison, the note-catcher is chunked into several paragraphs because the excerpt includes a conversation between Scout and Atticus. Each time the speaker changes, it is counted as a new paragraph.

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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.8.5 Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of...
RL.8.7 Analyze the extent to which a filmed or live production of a story or drama stays faithful to or...

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