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Telling My Tale (Annotating Texts)


Grade Level Grades 8-10
Resource Type Handout, Lesson Plan
Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards


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Using "The Danger of a Single Story," as the focal point to explore the personal side of stereotyping, the students explore both fiction and nonfiction texts to develop their reading, comprehension and annotating skills. 

The lesson plans are created so both the teacher and students can use the lessons to guide their teaching and learning sessions. 


By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, in the grades 9–10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
Analyze how an author draws on and transforms source material in a specific work (e.g., how Shakespeare treats a theme or topic from Ovid or the Bible or how a later author draws on a play by Shakespeare).
Cite strong and thorough 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 in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.


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