Grade 8 ELA Module 2B, Unit 1, Lesson 1

Teacher and student

Launching the Module: The Universal Appeal of Shakespeare, Part 1

  • This lesson launches Module 2B and begins to build students’ background knowledge about the universal appeal of William Shakespeare’s works. As students engage in a Gallery Walk, they use images to help build this background knowledge.
  • Students also read along as the teacher reads aloud a text that further develops their background knowledge about Shakespeare. This read-aloud gives students a chance to hear a fluent reader model difficult text. This is a “pure” read-aloud, with no interruptions. Read to model fluency and help build understanding.
  • Students then consider the advantages and disadvantages of learning about Shakespeare from images and text.
  • This is a two-part lesson. Students will return to the topic of the universal appeal of Shakespeare in Lesson 7. Hold on to the Gallery Walk images to use again in that lesson.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RI.8.7 Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums (e.g., print or digital text,...

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