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Course SummaryBoost your 9th and 10th grade students' understanding of literature with this course, which meets Common Core standards for English Language Arts (ELA). You can use these lessons and quizzes to freshen up your teaching style and ensure your curriculum meets these education standards.
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Use this collection of videos when creating lesson plans aligned to the Common Core Standards for reading literature in grades 9-10. These lessons can help your students learn skills needed to understand and discuss works of literature. These skills include analyzing themes, characters, craft, and structure. The collection also includes lessons on specific works of literature, which you can use to supplement units on these works and also as examples of how to analyze a piece of literature.
Many teachers assign the lessons for homework so that students come to class prepared to discuss works of literature. Teachers also play the lessons in class and discuss the concepts as a group. These lessons can be used throughout the year to support your instruction during different units.
Cite Textual Evidence: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1
Standard: Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
The lessons in this chapter teach students how to pull meaning from text. Instruction covers context clues, reading strategies, inference.
Analyze Themes: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2
Standard: 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.
This chapter includes lessons that teach students how to identify and interpret themes in both poetry and prose.
Analyze Complex Characters: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3
Standard: Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
Lessons cover characterization and help students understand how characters interact with plot, setting, and themes. This chapter also includes example lessons on works of literature that include complex characters.
Analyze Word Choice: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4
Standard: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
Help students learn how to use context to understand the meaning of words and phrases. Lessons help students understand tone and mood as well as providing strategies for using language to enhance comprehension.
Analyze Structure of a Text: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.5
Standard: 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.
Lessons in this chapter teach students the different components of a text, including setting and plot. Lessons also cover common devices, including foreshadowing and flashbacks. There are also some example lessons that describe literature that make use of these devices.
Analyze Point of View: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.6
Standard: Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature.
This chapter covers the different types of point of view that authors use as well as the ways in which cultural experience impacts a text.
Analyze Elements in Different Artistic Mediums: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.7
Standard: Analyze the representation of a subject or a key scene in two different artistic mediums, including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment (e.g., Auden's 'Musée des Beaux Arts' and Breughel's Landscape with the Fall of Icarus).
See examples of how authors and artists represent characters, themes, and subjects in various mediums. Lessons also help students learn how to analyze subjects in mediums other than literature.
Understand How Authors Use Source Material: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.9
Standard: Analyze how an author draws on and transforms source material in a specific work (e.g., how Shakespeare treats a theme or topic from Ovid or the Bible or how a later author draws on a play by Shakespeare).
Lessons cover the ways in which authors transform source material to create original works. You'll also find examples from literature that are notable in their references to source material.
Literature Lessons for Grades 9-10: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.10
Standard: By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Find literature lessons for works commonly taught in ninth and tenth grade English classes. This chapter also includes lessons on grades 9-10 exemplar texts identified by the Common Core Standards Initiative. Use these lessons to supplement reading and discussion of the texts.
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