The Following Common Core Alignments are written for the 9th-10th grade complexity level. However, for teachers wishing to adapt this lesson for either middle school or upper level high school, this lesson aligns with the following standards and the activities can be tweaked as appropriate for grade and ability level.
Reading Standards for Literature
Key Ideas and Details
Standard 1: Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
- Students will be using several different texts and citing evidence from the various texts to answer teacher’s questions and develop a substantive and deeper understanding of the literal meaning and underlying themes within each text.
Standard 2: Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
- Students will be determining themes both within each text they study and central themes that pertain to all the texts.
Craft and Structure
Standard 5: Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.
- Students will be responding to teacher’s questions in order to analyze how certain details and choices made within the text influence the effect on the reader.