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Warriors Don't Cry Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to help you review and summarize 'Warriors Don't Cry' by Melba Patillo Beals with your students. They will first read a text lesson outlining Melba's memoir, discuss key events, then apply learning to a culminating activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize key events in Warriors Don't Cry by Melba Patillo Beals
  • discuss importance of events in Warriors Don't Cry

Length

1 -1.5 hours

Materials

Key Vocabulary

  • Melba Patillo Beals
  • Little Rock Nine
  • Grandmother India
  • Danny
  • Minnijean

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1

Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.3

Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.6

Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author acknowledges and responds to conflicting evidence or viewpoints.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.7

Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums (e.g., print or digital text, video, multimedia) to present a particular topic or idea.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.8

Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; recognize when irrelevant evidence is introduced.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.8.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

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