American Lit: Labels?

Standard: ELAGSE11-12RL1: 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: I can analyze the use of definition strategies in order to apply those strategies to new writing.

Opening Session: President Obama on what it means to be an American:

Work Session: Everyone grab a post-it note…we’re going to make labels for ourselves! Do you identify as an American? If so, you can put that on your label, and if not, put something else. Stick your label to your shirt, and then we’ll go around and share how we labeled ourselves. Are you OK with labeling yourself? Are you OK with being labeled by other people?

Let’s turn in our texts to page 32 and read the selection called “What Is An American.” We will read chunk 1 together, using metacognitive markers to mark the text:

  • put a ? when you have a question
  • put an ! when you have a strong reaction to something in the text
  • put a * when you have comment to make
  • underline any key ideas or details

After a brief discussion of how we marked the text as a class, you can read chunk 2 with your table and mark and discuss as you go; finally, you can read chunk 3 on your own and mark it for yourself. Afterwards, we can do the Second Read questions in the text on page 33.

Closing Session: Let’s revisit our discussion now – do you stand by your label from earlier? Or would you change it?

Assessment: Informal – checks of metacognitive markers, class discussion

Differentiation: Process (scaffolded metacognitive markers, grouping)




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