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

Student being assisted with text by teacher.

• In this lesson, students are introduced to “If,” a poem by Rudyard Kipling. This lesson is the first in a two-lesson cycle that will be repeated until students have read each stanza of the poem closely. In the first lesson of the cycle, they listen to an audio version of the poem while following along with their own text and then they discuss the differences between poetry and prose. They then focus in on a stanza, recording notices and wonders about structure, punctuation, and word choice.
• In the second lesson of the cycle they will dig deeper into the meaning of phrases in the stanza.
• In advance: Read the poem “If,” focusing on what the poem is mostly about.
• Prepare equipment to play the audio version of the poem. If this equipment is unavailable, you can read aloud the poem to students.
• Review several of the audio versions of “If ” available at Choose the version you would like to use with your class.

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RL.6.5 Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a...

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