Grade 8 ELA Module 2A, Unit 1, Lesson 13

In this lesson, students practice writing a summary of a literary work. These summaries are useful formative assessment data. Review student writing, provide meaningful feedback, and inform instruction on summary writing in future lessons.
• Students will further develop their understanding of the Golden Rule by listening to part of a TED Talk by Karen Armstrong, a religion historian. This activity gives students an opportunity to explore further how To Kill a Mockingbird makes connections to a theme from religious works throughout the world.
• Students also will learn a new protocol, Networking Sessions, for discussing text. This protocol is similar to Think-Pair-Share, but it allows for movement and a chance to hear from a variety of partners.
• The closing of this lesson is an opportunity for students to add to their Atticus note-catchers. For this, student answers will vary. Accept any logical, text-supported additions.
• In advance: Preview the first two minutes of Karen Armstrong’s TED Talk, http://www.ted.com/talks/karen_armstrong_let_s_revive_the_golden_rule.html.
• Preview the Chapter 4 Close Reading Guide (for teacher reference; see supporting materials). Use this to guide Work Time Part B.

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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.8.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text...
RL.8.9 Analyze how a modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from...

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