Grade 9 ELA Module 3, Unit 1, Lesson 1

This Grade 9 ELA Module 3, Unit 1, Lesson 1 lesson plan also includes:

Clear up the misconceptions about autism and individuals on the autism spectrum with an inquiry-based instructional activity. As ninth graders read the first four pages of Temple Grandin's Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior, they focus on important literacy skills and close-reading techniques.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the lesson during a focus on empathy and accepting others
  • Incorporate into a unit on reading informational texts
  • Encourage learners to journal about what they already know about autism and the autism spectrum, or about how animals have helped them during a stressful time
Classroom Considerations

  • The lessons only cover the first chapter in the book; consider assigning the whole book to older or more advanced readers
  • Be sure to instill a supportive classroom community for discussing senstiive topics
  • The first of ten lessons in a three-unit module
Pros

  • Incorporates literary analysis skills into a thoughtful discussion
  • Aligned to Common Core reading standards
  • Focuses on a short amount of text to ensure understanding for all reading levels
Cons

  • None
Common Core