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Inauguration Performances & Author's Message ***LESSON & STUDENT MATERIALS***


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Grade Level Grades 5-12
Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards

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Learning Target: I can discuss and write about the message of a performance

Lesson Overview

  • Do Now: What does unity mean to you? (5 min)
  • Guided Practice: Students vote to watch and discuss ONE of the 15 performances included in the student materials. Teachers and students fill out the CER graphic organizer together (15 min)
  • Group Work: Students choose a second performance to watch independently and complete a CER graphic organizer. Students then participate in "speed breakout rooms" where they share about their performance with classmates. (30 min)
  • Class Discussion: What was the overall message of the different performances? How does this connect to "unity?" (10 min)
  • Independent Work/Check For Understanding: Students choose a third performance to watch independently and complete a CER graphic organizer. (10 - 20 minutes)


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.


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