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The Surrender Tree Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson will help your students learn about 'The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom' by Margarita Engle. Students will read an associated text lesson and take a quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the meaning behind the title of this book
  • describe the events surrounding the Cuban Revolution
  • identify major themes and symbols

Length

This lesson will take 45-90 minutes.

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.2

Determine a central idea of a text and analyze 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.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.3

Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.

Materials Needed

  • copies of The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom
  • copies of the related lesson, one for each student
  • copies of the printable worksheet, one for each student
  • chart paper

Vocabulary

  • verse
  • cimarron
  • apprentice
  • revolution
  • indigenous
  • sovereignty

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