Grade 8 ELA Module 2A, Unit 1, Lesson 9

Students taking notes in class.

This lesson provides additional scaffolding for students as they learn how to take notes using the structured notes format.
• At the end of Unit 2, students will write an essay in which they use evidence and details from the text to argue whether it makes sense for Atticus to defend Tom Robinson. Students will use their knowledge of Atticus to inform their position. This lesson introduces the Atticus note-catcher, which students will use throughout Units 1 and 2 to collect details from the text that reveal Atticus’ character. Be sure students hold on to this note-catcher; they will need it for their essay.
• Students already have rich experience analyzing character based on their study of Ha in Inside Out & Back Again in Module 1. Help students make connections to that previous work (i.e., the Who Is Ha? anchor chart and how they focused on critical incidents that revealed her character).

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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.8.3 Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal...
SL.8.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led...

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