Grade 9 ELA Module 1, Unit 1, Lesson 2

How can you read a character's tone? What about a narrator's tone? Analyze Karen Russell's "St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves" with a lesson that focuses on the way word choice can change tone, and how tone can affect the development of a story. After reading the second and third sections of the story, learners complete a writing prompt with evidence supporting their analysis of Claudette's tone.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Incorporate into a unit about figurative language and tone
  • Encourage your class to study additional texts with the same amount of focus and analysis
  • Assign the Quick Write as a homework assignment or learning assessment
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson addresses a masterful reading but doesn't include a recording to use; if you can't locate one, consider a roundtable reading in your class, or small literature circle
  • You can find the text on page 258 of the attached module overview, not in this resource
  • The text is broken up by page numbers from its original publication, so you might want to consider retyping it for reading ease
  • The second lesson in the unit
Pros

  • Includes instructional tips for each step of the lesson plan
  • Provides a document version of the lesson that you can edit
Cons

  • None