Today my students will complete "The Amazing Race" activity that they began in the previous lesson (Cask of Amontillado Day 1). For the "Do Now" I am asking them to go back and re-read sections of the text that may have been challenging or unclear. I am doing this because last class, I noticed that they were struggling a bit with answering the questions completely. (Even though I asked them to re-read for homework, the way I see it, there is nothing wrong with re-reading...even for the third time). Today they will have to finish the text dependent questions by citing evidence from the story (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1 ) AND take the assessment, so this re-reading will be good for them. I will set the timer and remind them to read silently and take notes if they need to do so.
During this part of the lesson, I will ask my students to continue working with the same partner from last class to complete the text dependent questions that we started from the previous day from http://www.achievethecore.org/page/531/anthology-alignment-project-lessons-grade-9. Partnering to answer questions about this story is a great idea because of the challenging words and structure of the text. I think they will do a much better job of figuring out how Poe creates mystery, tension, and surprise by the events in the story (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.5). Talking it out will give them an opportunity to come prepared with their understanding of the story and discuss it with a peer (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.1a).
For the closure portion of the lesson, my students will take an assessment. I found the assessment at http://www.glencoe.com/gln/glencoe_literature/downloads/grade_9.pdf . I am choosing to use this assessment because it assesses many of the skills that we have been practicing with the text-dependent questions. It assesses their understanding of Montressor's and Fortunato's actions (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3), vocabulary context clues (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.9-10.4a), and details that create mystery, tension, and surprise (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.5).
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