Grade 8 ELA Module 2A, Unit 2, Lesson 5

Student conducting a close reading of text.

In this lesson, students will closely read to better understand Atticus as a character by comparing his and Mr. Gilmer’s approaches to cross-examination of witnesses.
• Students will be introduced and participate in a new protocol: Fishbowl. Fishbowl is a peer-learning strategy in which some participants are in an outer circle and one or more are in the center. In all Fishbowl activities, both those in the inner and those in the outer circles have roles to fulfill. For this lesson, those in the center will discuss text-dependent questions. Those in the outer circle will act as observers and take notes on the conversation the inner circle is having. Fishbowls can be used to assess comprehension, to assess group work, to encourage constructive peer assessment, to discuss issues in the classroom, or to model specific techniques such as literature circles or Socratic Seminars.
• In advance: Determine Discussion Appointment partners; prepare Vocabulary Squares for the Opening. Write the vocabulary words from the lesson (from Chapters 18 and 19) in the space provided above the square. Make two sets of each word.

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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...
RL.8.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and...

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