Responses to Industrialism: Close Reading of The Communist Manifesto (Day 3 of 3)

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SWBAT determine the main idea and provide an objective summary of a text by reading and summarizing small chunks of The Communist Manifesto.

Big Idea

What do you do when students struggle with complex text? Sometimes you have to take a step back and read to summarize main ideas.


10 minutes

We will start class with ten minutes of reading. I will read with the students during this time.

Small Group Reading and Analysis

30 minutes

Today is a shortened class period because of our winter sports pep assembly. My students need time to finish reading The Communist Manifesto, so the bulk of our day will be a continuation of the work time I provided on Friday.

I will ask students to return to their Faulkner Squares to finish reading small chunks of the text (SL.9-10.1). I will ask them to continue filling in their reading guide with objective summaries of the main ideas for each section (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.2) and choosing key details from the text that show how Marx's ideas are developed through specific passages and sections of text (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.5).

As they read, I will wander the room to answer questions and to offer support.

Wrap Up and Next Steps

5 minutes

At the end of class, I will tell students that whatever they have yet to finish reading/analyzing is now homework. I will check out copies of the textbook or will direct them to the online PDF version of the text for those who prefer to not carry a book home.