Grade 8 ELA Module 2A, Unit 1, Lesson 6

Stacks of books.

The text-dependent questions in this lesson are based heavily on the Making Evidence-Based Claims units developed by Odell Education. For the original Odell Education units, go to
• World Café is a protocol that promotes discussion and leadership in students. The first round and the first transition need very clear direction. After that, students tend to pick up the protocol quickly.
• For the purposes of this lesson, the World Café protocol is modified to give students time to think on their own before talking to their group.
• Consider posting the steps for World Café on the board or chart paper where students can see them.
• The goal of this lesson is to give students another opportunity to practice the skills that will be assessed on the Mid-Unit 1 Assessment in the next lesson.
• Previously, students have used the Summary Writing graphic organizer to prepare their ideas to write summaries. In this module, summary writing will be much less scaffolded. This lesson marks a transition, so instead of the Summary Writing graphic organizer, students are asked to consider the same things but without the graphic support. Keep in mind that students who struggle may still benefit from using the organizer. On the mid-unit assessment, students will not be presented with any scaffolding for summary writing. Consider, however, continuing to provide the graphic organizer for students who may need extra support. Refer to Lesson 4.
• In advance: To make it easier to form groups for the World Café, consider putting sticky notes under students’ chairs with numbers on them. When it is time to form the groups, ask students to find the sticky note under their chair and sit with others who have the same number to form their first group.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RI.8.2 Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text,...
RI.8.5 Analyze in detail the structure of a specific paragraph in a text, including the role of particular...
RI.8.6 Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author acknowledges...

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