Grade 9 ELA Module 2, Unit 3, Lesson 9

This Grade 9 ELA Module 2, Unit 3, Lesson 9 lesson plan also includes:

Are we interested in crime stories because we either identify with the victims, or do we enjoy watching the rich suffer? Do we feel guilty and want someone to take our blame and let us feel innocent? Groups investigate how the author of "How Bernard Madoff Did It" supports his claims and present their findings to the class. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have groups identify stories that they feel are examples of times the public either sided with the victim or the perpetrator
Classroom Considerations

  • The jigsaw activity presumes class members have read both “True Crime: The Roots of an American Obsession," and “How Bernard Madoff Did it”
  • This is ninth in a 13-lesson unit that examines how authors structure informational texts and develop their ideas

  • The eight-page packet includes a list of the Common Core standards addressed by the lesson, a vocabulary list, directions for the jigsaw activity, discussion questions with model responses, and a homework assignment

  • Some readers may need additional support to keep abreast of their outside reading schedule