Grade 8 ELA Module 2A, Unit 1, Lesson 10

Students discussing their work with teacher.

Summary writing of To Kill a Mockingbird is introduced in this lesson, but it not assessed until the Mid-Unit 2 Assessment. Collect the summaries in the next lesson and give students positive feedback as a formative assessment. Be sure to note any mistakes to address in subsequent lessons, either with the entire class or with individual students as needed. The Narrative Structure graphic organizer is the first step of summary writing; writing the summary paragraph is the second step. Students will continue to work with the graphic organizer, although they will not always write the summary paragraph.  
• The Narrative Structure graphic organizer is used as prewriting for summary paragraphs. For this purpose, students will use an adapted story map. Notice that the right side of the story map leads into the next chapter (although occasionally the smaller narrative arcs will span two chapters instead of only one). Be sure students understand that these narrative arcs appear many times in novels, even as they help develop the overarching plot.
• The analysis of the structure of Chapter 2 is heavily guided. In later lessons, students will do this sort of analysis more independently.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RL.8.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text...
RL.8.5 Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of...

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