AP Lang: Living Like Weasels, Day 1

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 critically examine a text for details that support my analysis of the inferences I draw from the text.

Opening Session: For your In Class Reading today, I would like for you to read the narrative “Living Like Weasels” by Annie Dillard. After you finish reading (if you’re done before the 20 minute timer is up), please write a short journal entry (about a paragraph) about the first paragraph of the story. You should talk about what makes the weasel wild.

Work Session: Welcome to day 2! Let’s talk a little bit about this piece we just read. I’m going to read the first couple paragraphs aloud to you, then I’d like to have a class discussion with you.

After we discuss some of these questions, I want you guys to write (or re-write with your newfound knowledge) a journal entry discussing what makes the weasel so wild.

We will end class with a discussion of paragraphs 3-7, which I have more questions to discuss with you 🙂

Closing Session: Re-read paragraphs 5 and 6, and begin writing a journal entry on the connection between nature and humans. You will finish this journal entry for homework, along with your 20 minutes of independent novel reading.

Assessment: Journal entries will be graded for completion.

Differentiation: Students extra time for journal entries as needed; extension activities for independent reading texts.

Homework: Read 20 minutes in your Free Choice book; write a journal entry on paragraphs 5-6 of the narrative we read in class today where you discuss the connection between nature and humans.

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