Grade 9 ELA Module 1, Unit 2, Lesson 4


This is the final lesson in the series of close reading lessons on Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet. Students will prepare for and complete an assessment of standards RI.9-10.1 and RI.9-10.4 using the Rilke text. For homework, students identified three powerful language choices that Rilke employs to shape the central ideas of his text. In this lesson, they will use their collected evidence to complete a formal writing assignment as their Mid-Unit Assessment. This assignment asks students to describe how Rilke uses language in Letter One to build and express his central advice. This assessment requires students to marshal multiple pieces of evidence to explain an idea, assessing their capacity both to use evidence to support analysis and to trace the development of an idea across an entire text.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RI.9-10.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as...
RI.9-10.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative,...
W.9-10.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information...

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