Rereading and Close Reading: Communism, “The Vietnam Wars,” and “Last Respects”

What might a papaya symbolize? Using the resource, scholars look for examples of symbolism in the novel Inside Out & Back Again. They also participate in a silent discussion called a Chalk Talk, writing their responses to a discussion prompt on chart paper. The activity serves as a springboard to discussing a dynamic character.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Present a mini-lecture on the Vietnam War
Classroom Considerations

  • This is the second of 20 consecutive lessons from the Grade 8 ELA Module 1, Unit 2 series 
  • Provide each student with a copy of Thanhha Lai's novel Inside Out & Back Again
  • Expects completion of Unit 1 from the series 

  • Provides comprehensive teaching notes
  • Includes a homework assignment for lesson extension

  • None
Common Core