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In this lesson, students will read "The Outcasts of Poker Flat" while documenting key events in the story. In groups, they will write a song based on the story, using Kenny Rogers' "The Gambler" as a template. This lesson should take one 90-minute class period or two 50-minute class periods.


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  • Language Arts > Listening & Speaking
  • Language Arts > Literature
  • Language Arts > Reading Comprehension
  • Language Arts > Story Telling
  • Language Arts > Vocabulary
  • Language Arts > Writing
  • Social Studies > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12


American Literature



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S1133E59: Indiana's Core Standards for English/Language Arts

Use varied and precise words when analyzing, explaining or creating informational and literary text, descriptions, analogies or other types of figurative language. Use transitional words, appropriate context clues, and specialized vocabulary from different subject areas. [Standard Indicators: 12.1.1, 12.1.2, 12.1.3, 12.4.6, 12.5.6]

S1133E7B: Indiana's Core Standards for English/Language Arts

Identify and discuss the philosophical arguments and historical background associated with specific issues presented in texts of literary or cultural significance from different genres and subgenres including literary movements within America, Britain and other places in the world. Evaluate how the author's treatment of the subject (including the use of characterization) helps to support a position or claim. [Standard Indicators: 11.3.1, 11.3.2, 11.3.3, 11.3.4, 11.3.5, 11.3.6, 11.3.7, 11.3.8]

S1133E88: Indiana's Core Standards for English/Language Arts

Analyze, formulate and support judgments about the ways in which information is presented in oral and media communications. Deliver well-organized and well-supported presentations that display a command of various types of appeals, reasoning, language and/or rhetorical devices to achieve desired effects for various audiences and purposes. [Standard Indicators: 11.7.1, 11.7.2, 11.7.3, 11.7.4, 11.7.5, 11.7.6, 11.7.7, 11.7.8, 11.7.9, 11.7.11, 11.7.12, 11.7.15, 11.7.17, 11.7.18, 11.7.19]
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This resource received a 3* rating because it is part of American Literature, which received a rating of 3-Exemplary in the Curriki Review System and which you can see here: http://www.curriki.org/xwiki/bin/view/Coll_Emilyboyle/AmericanLiteratureCourseOverview

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