Grade 8 ELA Module 2A, Unit 1, Lesson 3

Students discussing text with teacher.

Students set up “Discussion Appointments” with five peers; these appointments will be used for peer conversation throughout this module. This new routine builds on students’ work in their “numbered heads” group in Module 1, gradually encouraging students to work with more and more of their classmates. These discussion structures support students’ mastery of SL.8.1.
• Students continue to work with Shirley Chisholm’s speech “Equal Rights for Women.” Having thought about the gist of the whole speech in Lesson 3, they now reread and annotate each section of the text for the gist.
• Be sure the text is chunked into sections (see Lesson 2 teaching note).
• In this lesson, students work together to analyze a paragraph structure before they annotate the sections of the speech for the gist. This sequence of activities is intentional. The skill of analyzing paragraph structure gives students one more tool to use when determining the gist of each section.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RI.8.5 Analyze in detail the structure of a specific paragraph in a text, including the role of particular...
RI.8.8 Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning...

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