When students arrive, I have them take out their close read from the previous day's lesson. I ask them to write down, on an index card, 3 key take-aways from the reading of Sojourner Truth's speech. As they do this, I walk through and look over the texts to ensure all students have completed the tasks and are prepared to continue with the second text. During this time, I have any of the students who were absent the first day read over the first text. These students will be following us on our journey today with Maya Angelou, but I want them to have some familiarity with the previous text as well. It is very important that all students work to develop a larger understanding of the two texts and how they relate to one another.