Using Anchor Texts to Distill Big Ideas

Grades 11-12 / ELA / Analysis
CCSS: ELA.RL.11-12.2 ELA.RL.11-12.4

Common Core State Standards

ELA

English Language Arts

RL

Reading Standards for Literature 6-12

11-12

11th & 12th Grades

2

Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.

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Common Core State Standards

ELA

English Language Arts

RL

Reading Standards for Literature 6-12

11-12

11th & 12th Grades

4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.)

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Lesson Objective
Connect text details to concepts in order to explore an essential question
Length
20 min
Questions to Consider
What are the benefits of beginning this lesson with an advertisement?
How does each part of the lesson deepen students' understanding of the text?
Why does Ms. Wessling decide to change the plan mid-lesson?
Common Core Standards
ELA.RL.11-12.2, ELA.RL.11-12.4

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