This lesson will consist of a timed
writing in which students will have a chance to explain
the ways that literacy empowers people. Using evidence
from the texts we have read in the previous three days,
they will compare and contrast an individual’s
success in life before and after he/she learned to
read. Students may also decide to include or reference
their own personal reading experiences with those of
the specific individuals studied. Encouraging the students
to compare their lives to those of the readers we are
studying will hopefully show them that they too can
achieve great things by reading.
Purpose – This
lesson has a two-fold purpose; it is a chance for students
to explain what they have learned about how reading
empowers people, and gives the teacher an opportunity
to do an in-depth assessment of student abilities and
Students will be able to:
1. Explain how reading empowers individuals by comparing and contrasting
their live situations before and after their reading skills were acquired.
2. Connect to the text they have read by linking it to their own reading
National English Education Standard
Students apply a wide
range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate,
and appreciate texts. They draw on their prior experience,
their interactions with other readers and writers,
their knowledge of word meaning and of other texts,
their word identification strategies, and their understanding
of textual features (e.g., sound-letter correspondence,
sentence structure, context, graphics).
Teachers should keep in mind the constraints
of timed writing assignments in order to fairly assess
for this lesson.