Grade 9 ELA Module 1, Unit 2, Lesson 5


In the next two lessons, students will read closely and discuss an excerpt from Chapter 2,“Hangman,” from the novel Black Swan Green. Students will read from “So anyway, Mum dropped me at Malvern …” to “… I was taken to see Mrs. de Roo, the speech therapist at Malvern Link Clinic. That was five years ago” (pp. 24–26). This reading will introduce students to the narrator and main character, Jason, and will familiarize them with his style and voice. Close reading in this section will prepare students for reading a second, longer section from later in the novel that will offer them rich content for comparison to Rilke’s “Letter One.”

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RL.9-10.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as...
RL.9-10.3 Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over...
RL.9-10.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and...

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