Grade 7 ELA Module 2A, Unit 1, Lesson 2

Students reviewing text while listening to teacher.

In this lesson, students begin to read Lyddie, the central text of Unit 1. This unit focuses on standard RL.7.3: Students will analyze how the plot, setting, and characters in Lyddie interact. In this lesson, they learn these terms and apply them to the first chapter of Lyddie.
• As explained in more detail in the Unit 1 Overview, Lyddie is a more complex text than A Long Walk to Water, and students move through the book fairly rapidly, doing substantial reading for homework. All students, even readers at grade level, will need your support in developing their stamina and independence with complex text during this unit. Consider how your existing routines and class culture around celebrating homework completion and effort might be used to support and encourage students as they read Lyddie.
• Also be sure to read the text in advance and consider what supports your students will need to understand it. See the Unit 1 Overview for a list of ways to support struggling readers and determine what will be most effective for your students.
• The sequence of homework, lessons, and assessments in this unit has been carefully designed to provide appropriate supports during class and to make sure that students who are struggling with reading complex text at home will not be unduly disadvantaged on assessments. The sections of the book that students focus on during class are the sections most relevant to assessment tasks.
• The homework routine is designed to support students in a first read of a given section of text. (Then in class, students reread the most central sections of the text.) The Reader’s Notes that students complete as they read for homework and the daily Checking for Understanding entry task that begins class the next day provide students with structures that help them make meaning of the text and then check to make sure their understanding is accurate.
• In this lesson, students have guided practice with the Reader’s Notes that they will use throughout their reading of the novel. The Reader’s Notes for Lyddie are similar to those for A Long Walk to Water from Module 1. As they read, students take gist notes (though this time they are organized by character, setting, and plot) and keep track of the new vocabulary they encounter. As suggested in the Unit 1 Overview, decide how you will organize, check, and collect Reader’s Notes for Lyddie. Consider checking the work most days but collecting it periodically to look it over more thoroughly. Lesson plans assume that students have the Reader’s Notes as three packets and that they will turn in each packet for feedback as it is completed: Chapters 1–7; Chapters 8–17; and Chapters 18–25. After evaluating their work, return these packets to students so they can refer to them as they write their essays. It is possible to organize the Reader’s Notes differently to meet the needs of your students.
• The Reader’s Notes that students will use for homework are attached to the lesson in which the homework is assigned, as is the Teacher’s Edition of those chapters. You will need the Teacher’s Edition the next day to review vocabulary.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RL.7.3 Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the...
L.7.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 7...

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