Grade 8 ELA Module 2A, Unit 2, Lesson 14

Students discussing text with teacher.

Although this lesson is in Unit 2, it is actually the kickoff for Unit 3. This is to give you time to look over the draft end of unit assessments before handing them back to students with feedback in Lesson 16.
• Students may be familiar with Readers Theater already. If so, ask them to help you generate the criteria for Readers Theater. If not, you may need to give them the criteria (in the body of the lesson, during Work Time A).
• In this lesson, students are put into groups for Readers Theater, and one of the key quotes from Lesson 8 is allocated to each group. Students then work in their groups to give each group member a different scene from the anchor chart for which he or she will write a Readers Theater script. It is important that each individual works on a different scene; otherwise, there will be multiple versions of the same scene in the final Readers Theater, which will be confusing. Groups may need assistance allocating scenes to individuals.
• In advance: Organize students into groups of three or four and assign each group a key quote. Mixed-ability grouping of students will provide a collaborative and supportive structure.

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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...
SL.8.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led...

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