Grade 9 ELA Module 1, Unit 1, Lesson 4

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Lesson 4 returns to the skill of close reading introduced in Lesson 1. A main focus of this lesson is for students to uncover connections between the Stage 1 epigraph and the Stage 1 narrative. Students will begin this lesson by close reading, beginning with the section “‘Ay caramba,’ Sister Maria de la Guardia sighed.”, and ending before the paragraph, “That first afternoon the nuns gave us free rein of the grounds.” (pp. 226-227). Students will participate in an evidence-based discussion using text-dependent questions. Prior to this lesson, students have been building their skills to respond to these questions using specific evidence from the text. In this lesson students will annotate by boxing unfamiliar words, starring important ideas, and writing their thinking in the margins or on self-stick notes.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RL.9-10.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as...
RL.9-10.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and...
SL.9-10.1.c Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that relate the current discussion to...

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