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"The Glorious Whitewasher" (with Mini-Assessment)

Grade Level Grades 6-8
Resource Type Lesson Plan
Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards


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The goal of this brief exemplar combined with the one day mini-assessment is to give students the opportunity to use the reading and writing habits they’ve been practicing on a regular basis to discover the rich humor and moral lesson embedded in Twain’s text.This lesson is designed to be done either as part of a full novel study of Tom Sawyer or as a stand-alone reading of a great passage. Aligned to Common Core State Standards: RL.7.1, RL.7.2, RL.7.3, RL.7.4, RL.7.5, RL.7.6, W.7.3, W.7.9, SL.7.1, L.7.3, L.7.4, L.7.5, L.7.6




Lesson Plan
February 13, 2020
0.9 MB
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Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.
Analyze how a drama’s or poem’s form or structure (e.g., soliloquy, sonnet) contributes to its meaning.
Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 7 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.


1 Review
Fantastic exemplar lesson! It is especially helpful to have the assessment question/standard- being-measured justification.
March 22, 2014