Grade 9 ELA Module 1, Unit 1, Lesson 11

Address annotation, word choice, and tone in the same language arts lesson. Ninth graders read a section of Karen Russell's "St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves" and track character development based on supporting evidence.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use in either a reading or writing unit when focusing on author's purpose
  • Have small groups discuss the development of the plot and the characters in small literature circles
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson 11 in a series about the same short story; if the unit takes too much time, consider condensing or combining lessons
  • You can find the story on page 258 in the attached module overview 
  • Provides a model character tracking tool, but you'll need to find a blank one in previous lessons
Pros

  • Focuses on several aspects of the writing process (author's purpose, word choice) and incorporates them into literary analysis
  • Comes with a document version of the lesson plan
Cons

  • None
Common Core