Lesson: Close Reading and Making Predictions

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Lesson Objective

Students will be able to analyze the short story Thank You M'am's by doing a close reading and making predictions before they read.

Lesson Plan

Do Now:
Students will complete an assignment in the Language Development Do Now packet.

(Teacher Says)
Today we are going to read a story today entitled "Thank You, M'am by Langston Hughes. It is about a boy who wants things that he doesn't have. We will also discuss possible endings for the story.

"Thank You, M'am" is the story of an adolescent named Roger who attempts to steal a lady's pocketbook. Mrs. Louella Bates Washington Jones, the lady from whom Roger tries to steal, does the unexpected. She kicked him "right in his blue-jeaned sitter", and she "shook him until his teeth rattled."

Let's make a prediction of what we think is going to happen next.
(have students make a prediction)

Direct Instruction
As a class read the short story.  Teacher can decide how to read it: Popcorn strategy, teacher read, teacher and student read.

After the story has been read take a few minutes to summarize the events.
Guided Practice
Discuss the following questions with a partner, in a small group, or with the
whole class:
  1. How does Mrs. Jones react when Roger tries to steal her purse?
  2. Is her reaction believable? Why or why not?
  3. When they arrive at the boarding house, what do you think Roger is thinking or planning to do?
  4. Does Mrs. Jones like the boy? Why?
  5. How do you think Roger’s encounter with Mrs. Jones alters his life?
  6. Why does Hughes title the story, “Thank You, Ma’m”?

Independent Practice
Fast-forward ten years in time. The boy is 24 or 25 years old, and Mrs. Jones is very old. What has happened to the two of them in the past ten years? Write the conversation they would have if they met somewhere. Where would they meet? Why?

Have 3/4 students share out their conversations with the class.

How is Roger a victim of his community?  What do does that statement mean?


Lesson Resources

Thank You M'am Short Story   Classwork
Thank you m am do now s   Starter / Do Now


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