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

Students discussing text they've read.

In this lesson, students are introduced to the Steve Jobs speech. This lesson is the first in a two-lesson cycle that will be repeated until students have read the whole speech closely. In this first lesson of the cycle, they listen to Steve Jobs delivering a section of the speech while following along in their own text. Then they find the gist and identify the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary in a short extract. In the second lesson, they dig deeper into the short extract by answering text-dependent questions.
• Lessons 6-11 of Unit 1 are based heavily on the Making Evidence-Based Claims units developed by Odell Education. For the original Odell Education units, go to
• Students use the Reading Closely: Guiding Questions handout to guide their reading for gist. Students should be familiar with this resource from Module 1. It is included again for easy reference.
• Due to time constraints, students do not read Paragraphs 2–5 closely for gist or to identify the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary from context; however, students may struggle with the following vocabulary in Paragraphs 2–5: relented, naively, tuition, intuition, subtle destiny, karma.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RI.6.1 Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences...
RI.6.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative,...

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