Lesson Plan


Resources for teaching the short story "Thank You Ma'm" by Langston Hughes. This resource is part of the Short Stories collection.


  • Language Arts > General
  • Language Arts > Literature

Education Levels:

  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10


Richard Connell Liam O’Flaherty Langston Hughes short stories character plot conflict



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LA.9-12.R.1: English Language Arts

Identify the purpose for reading

LA.9-12.R.2: English Language Arts

Adjust the reading rate according to the purpose for reading

LA.9-12.R.3: English Language Arts

Determine the meaning of unfamiliar words by using classroom and other resources

LA.9-12.R.4: English Language Arts

Distinguish between dictionary meaning and implied meaning of the writer's words

LA.9-12.R.5: English Language Arts

Follow the logic of compound/complex sentence structure

LA.9-12.R.6: English Language Arts

Use knowledge of punctuation to assist in comprehension

LA.9-12.R.7: English Language Arts

Identify transitional words or phrases that make text cohesive (e.g., finally, in addition, and in contrast)

LA.9-12.R.8: English Language Arts

Recognize the organizational format, such as hierarchical, chronological, and cause/effect

LA.9-12.R.9: English Language Arts

Use strategies such as discussing with others, reading guides and summaries, and reading aloud to assist in comprehension

LA.9-12.R.10: English Language Arts

Identify opportunities for improvement of reading comprehension skills; for example, exposure to seek a wider range of writers, topics, and styles

LA.9-12.R.11: English Language Arts

Maintain a personal reading list to reflect reading accomplishments

LA.9-12.W.1: English Language Arts

Understand the purpose for writing; the purpose may be to explain, describe, narrate, persuade, or express feelings

LA.9-12.W.2: English Language Arts

Identify the intended audience

LA.9-12.W.3: English Language Arts

Use tone and language appropriate to the audience and purpose

LA.9-12.W.4: English Language Arts

Use prewriting activities (e.g., brainstorming, freewriting, note taking, outlining, and paragraphing)

LA.9-12.W.5: English Language Arts

Use the writing process (e.g., prewriting, drafting, revising, proofreading, and editing)

LA.9-12.W.6: English Language Arts

Write clear, concise sentences

LA.9-12.W.7.a: English Language Arts

punctuation of simple and compound sentences, dialogue, titles of articles

LA.9-12.W.7.b: English Language Arts

capitalization of words such as proper adjectives, titles of persons, and words in quotes

LA.9-12.W.7.c: English Language Arts

spelling of commonly misspelled words, homonyms, content-area vocabulary

LA.9-12.W.8.a: English Language Arts

parts of speech, such as nouns; adjectives and adverbs (comparative/superlative); pronouns (indefinite/nominative/objective); conjunctions (coordinating/subordinating); prepositions and prepositional phrases; interjections; and conjunctions to connect ideas

LA.9-12.W.8.b: English Language Arts

complete simple, compound, and complex sentences of varied structure containing dependent clauses and using correct subject-verb agreement, correct verb tense, and pronouns with clear antecedents

LA.9-12.W.9: English Language Arts

Use dictionaries, thesauruses, and style manuals

LA.9-12.W.10: English Language Arts

Use an organizational format that provides direction, coherence, and/or unity

LA.9-12.W.11: English Language Arts

Use computer technology to create, manipulate, and edit text
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