American Lit: Is the American Dream available to everyone?

Standard(s): ELAGSE.11-12.RI.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

Learning Target(s): ✓ I can cite evidence from a text in order to discuss a text

Opening Session: View the trailer for Under the Same Moon. Afterwards do a chalk talk with the following questions: What struggles do people have once they come to America? What makes America so attractive to people from other countries? Can the American Dream be attained by anyone in America? Does your gender play a role in your level of success?

Work Session

Read Aloud Chunk 1 of America and I Showing students where to mark texts Using a yellow highlighter to highlight words that students don’t know and a pink high lighter to highlight important content (Think Aloud).

Students Read Chunk 2 at Tables

Read Chunk 3 Independently

Closing: Introduce independent reading procedures

Assessment Strategies: Formal: product assessment/writing

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