World Lit: Legal Alien

Standard:ELAGSE9-10RL4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone.)

ELAGSE9-10RL5 Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.

Learning Target: I can analyze a particular point of view regarding a cultural experience represented in poetry, and analyze how the author chose to structure that poem for effect.

Opening Session: Uno Dos Tres, One Two Three by Pat Mora

Work Session: Welcome back! Today we are going to finish activity 1.6 in our text, which concludes with a poem by Pat Mora entitled “Legal Alien.” Before we read the poem, let’s review quickly what we talked about yesterday.

Next, let’s read this poem. I think every poem needs to be read at least twice to really hear it, so let’s start by silently reading it to ourselves, then I’d like two volunteers to read it aloud. After that, let’s discuss, and then do the Second Read questions together (you don’t have to write it down). After our discussion, I’d love for you to try your hand at writing a poem like this one! Check out the creative writing prompt on page 42, and go for it!

Closing Session: With ten minutes left of class, we are going to do our first vocab quiz. I’ll hand out the quizzes, you take ’em real fast, and turn them in – then HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

Assessment: Informal – class discussion, poetry; Formal – vocab quiz

Differentiation: Product (scaffolded quizzes); Interest (student volunteers to read)

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