This exemplar uses the essay “Living Like Weasels” to take a deep look at figurative language & through journaling to guide students towards a narrative essay about author's intent. With specific daily instructions and frequent 'checks for comprehension' this outlines where & how to help students find answers in the text. Aligned with Common Core State Standards: RI.11-12.1, RI.11-12.2, RI.11-12.3, RI.11-12.4, RI.11.-12.5, RI.11-12.6, W.11-12.2, W.11-12.4, W.11-12.5, SL.11-12.1, SL.11-12.4, L.11-12.1, L.11-12.2, L.11-12.4, L.11-12.5, L.11-12.6
“Living Like Weasels” (Annie Dillard)
Determine two or more 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 provide a complex analysis; provide an objective summary of the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term or terms over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11–12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence, conveying a clear and distinct perspective, such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning, alternative or opposing perspectives are addressed, and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and a range of formal and informal tasks.
Acquire and use accurately general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.