Close Reading: Understanding Carlotta’s Journey

How do incidents in A Mighty Long Way provoke the author, Carlotta Walls LaNier, to make certain decisions that shape her story? Scholars engage in a close reading of the memoir, analyzing events in US history and in Carlotta's personal history. They also complete Frayer models to deepen their understanding of the meaning of justice.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Provide background information about Brown v. Board of Education 
Classroom Considerations
  • Serves as the third of 13 lessons from the Grade 8 ELA Module 3B, Unit 1 series
  • Deals with sensitive issues of race 
  • In advance of the lesson, search for the song "A Change is Gonna Come" by Sam Cooke
  • Provides tips for meeting the needs of all learners
  • Includes thorough teaching notes
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