Grade 8 ELA Module 2A, Unit 2, Lesson 6

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In this lesson, students will analyze a key line from Atticus’s closing speech by studying the literal and figurative meanings of what Atticus says to the jury. Students will also analyze the line to understand the irony of what Atticus says. By doing this, students will synthesize and refer to the racial prejudice and tension that this trial represents. This is a crucial aspect of the novel that comes to the forefront in Part 2.
• Students will also relate Chapters 20 and 21 to taking a stand as they continue to study this theme across various scenes, individuals, and groups of people in the novel.
• In this lesson, students will work with their Discussion Appointment partner to analyze the key quote. As pairs complete each question on the note-catcher, one at a time, they will debrief with the whole class. Use the Atticus’s Closing Speech note-catcher (for teacher reference) to guide and support student thinking. For the purposes of the whole group sharing, designate each student in a Discussion Appointment partnership as either A or B to provide the opportunity for total participation.

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

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