American Lit: Working Toward the Dream

Standard: ELAGSE11-12W1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

Learning Target: I can analyze multiple texts to identify the development of a recurring idea or theme.

Opening Session: Dolly Parton – 9 to 5

Work Session: Today we’re going to be talking about working towards the American Dream. We will be reading two pieces – a poem, “Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper” by Martin Espada, and an essay, “Roberto Acuna Talks about Farm Workers” by Studs Terkel. After we read and discuss, we will compare and contrast the two pieces, and then do the Second Read questions and chart on page 88 and 92.

Closing Session: 

Do the “Check your Understanding” Venn Diagram on page 92 in the book. Consider the ideas and tones of each piece we read today, and then compare and contrast them in a venn diagram 🙂


Formative (Class discussions)


Process (scaffolding, varied text length)

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