End of Unit Assessment: Making Connections between Song Lyrics and Texts

For the end-of-unit assessment, scholars engage in small group Socratic seminars to connect the lyrics of two songs to texts they read and studied. They discuss how the songs "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around" and "Lift Every Voice and Sing" relate to the memoir A Mighty Long Way by Carlotta Walls LaNier.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Provide groups with sentence stems to help facilitate their discussions
Classroom Considerations
  • Serves as the 13th and final lesson from the Grade 8 ELA Module 3B, Unit 1 series and builds on content from previous lessons
  • Divide students into groups of five in preparation for Socratic discussions and plan to spend about five minutes with each group 
  • Provides tips for meeting the needs of all learning styles
  • Includes comprehensive teaching notes
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Common Core