Grade 8 ELA Module 2A, Unit 1, Lesson 12

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• This lesson introduces an important theme in the novel, the Golden Rule. The Gallery Walk introduction of this theme incorporates a wide variety of worldviews, philosophies, and religions.
• Students also view a short segment of the film version of To Kill a Mockingbird. Viewing film clips serves two purposes. First, it helps struggling readers make sense of this complex text. The interplay of reading, rereading, and viewing is an engaging way to present this material. (Note: Do not play the entire film for students. Strategically designed lessons incorporate film at critical junctures in student learning.) For this first purpose, the film is a supplement; working with the text is the goal. The second purpose for using the film clips is to directly address RL.7.9. Students compare the film version of certain scenes to the novel. Students begin to use the new Text to Film Comparison note-catcher. Note that Work Time Part B includes time to ensure that students understand two phrases that are crucial academic vocabulary related to RL.8.9: “stays faithful to” and “departs from.” Continue to reinforce these phrases across the unit. Note also that RL.8.9 requires students not only to notice similarities and
differences, but specifically to evaluate the effectiveness of the changes made by the director and actors.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RL.8.1 Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly...
RL.8.7 Analyze the extent to which a filmed or live production of a story or drama stays faithful to or...
RL.8.9 Analyze how a modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from...

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