Type:

Unit

Description:

A collection of reading guides (Road Maps) for a variety of short stories with vocabulary, vocabulary activities, assessments, activities, and analytical questions.

Short stories covered include:

  • "First Day" by Edward P. Jones
  • "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson
  • "Two Kinds" by Amy Tan
  • "There Was an Old Woman Who Had So Many Children" from House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Subjects:

  • Language Arts > General
  • Language Arts > Literature

Education Levels:

  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12

Keywords:

Language:

English

Access Privileges:

Public - Available to anyone

License Deed:

Creative Commons Attribution 3.0

Collections:

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Update Standards?

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.3: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

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.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

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.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.1: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.2: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.3: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Analyze the impact of the author's choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

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).

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.6: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

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.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.4: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.)

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.7.1: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.1: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.1: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.6: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how an author uses rhetoric to advance that point of view or purpose.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.4: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term or terms over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.6: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness, or beauty of the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.1.3a: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Know the spelling-sound correspondences for common consonant digraphs.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.1.3c: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Know final -e and common vowel team conventions for representing long vowel sounds.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.2.3: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.9-10.4c: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Consult general and specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning, its part of speech, or its etymology.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.9-10.6: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Acquire and use accurately general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.11-12.4c: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Consult general and specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning, its part of speech, its etymology, or its standard usage.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.11-12.6: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Acquire and use accurately general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.

S11371AE: Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for English Language Arts and Reading, Amended 2010

identify and read contractions (e.g., haven't, it's);
Curriki Rating
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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2009-05-22.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

This wonderful “parent” asset contains reading guides for four short stories (“children”). While the guides follow similar formats, each is unique and some are richer than others. The guide for Amy Tan’s story, “Two Kinds” includes a complete reading guide, in-depth vocabulary activities, academic challenge questions, character analysis questions, literal comprehension and delve-in questions, and a quiz. The guide for Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” is similar and includes definitions of literary elements, extension activities, rich vocabulary activities and the complete text of the story. The guide for Sandra Cisneros’ story focuses on character analysis, and offers a graphic organizer as well. Similarly, the reading guide for Edward Jones’ “First Day” includes important questions and offers a list of vocabulary words.
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Bonnie McMurray

I am so excited to use these resources!!! The reading guides fit very well with the common core standards, and they offer several different types of activities/questions that encourage critical thinking, textual evidence, and drawing inferences. Thank you so much for sharing!!!

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