Mid-Unit Assessment: Analyzing Excerpts of Lyndon Johnson’s Speech “The Great Society” | EL Education Curriculum

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ELA 2012 G8:M2A:U1:L7

Mid-Unit Assessment: Analyzing Excerpts of Lyndon Johnson’s Speech “The Great Society”

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Long Term Learning Targets

  • I can determine a theme or the central ideas of informational text. (RI.8.2)
  • I can analyze the development of a theme or central idea throughout the text (including its relationship to supporting ideas). (RI.8.2)
  • I can objectively summarize an informational text. (RI.8.2)
  • I can analyze the structure of a specific paragraph in a text (including the role of particular sentences in developing and refining a key concept). (RI.8.5)
  • I can determine an author's point of view or purpose in informational text. (RI.8.6)
  • I can analyze how the author acknowledges and responds to conflicting evidence or viewpoints. (RI.8.6)

Supporting Targets

  • I can analyze the development of a central idea in "The Great Society."
  • I can analyze the structure of a paragraph in "The Great Society," including the role of particular sentences in developing a key concept.
  • I can objectively summarize "The Great Society."
  • I can analyze Lyndon Johnson's perspective in "The Great Society."

Ongoing Assessment

  • Mid-Unit 1 Assessment

Agenda

AgendaTeaching Notes

1. Opening

 A. Engaging the Reader: Sharing Homework Summaries (3 minutes)

2. Work Time

 A. Mid-Unit 1 Assessment (40 minutes)

3. Closing and Assessment

 A. Preview Homework (2 minutes)

4. Homework

 A. QuickWrite: Based on the speeches by Shirley Chisholm, Sojourner Truth, and President Lyndon Johnson, you have learned a lot about what it   means to "take a stand." Have you ever taken a stand on something? If so, what and why? If not, is there an issue that you can see yourself   taking a stand about? When and why? Please explain, providing evidence from your own experience.

  • If students finish the assessment early, consider having other independent activities they can work on.
  • After this lesson, students turn their attention to reading To Kill a Mockingbird. Consider giving them a pep talk after the assessment to get them excited about reading it.

Vocabulary

indignation, unbridled, ills, despoiling, communion, sustenance, material, exploits

Materials

  • Mid-Unit 1 Assessment: Analyzing Excerpts of Lyndon Johnson's Speech "The Great Society" (one per student)
  • Mid-Unit 1 Assessment: Analyzing Excerpts of Lyndon Johnson's Speech "The Great Society" (for Teacher Reference)
  • 2 point Rubric-Writing from Sources/Short Response (for Teacher Reference)

Opening

Opening

A. Engaging the Reader: Sharing Homework Summaries (3 minutes)

  • Ask students to turn to a partner and share their summaries of "Ain't I a Woman?" from homework. 

Work Time

Work TimeMeeting Students' Needs

A. Mid-Unit Assessment (40 minutes)

  • Arrange student seating to allow for an assessment-conducive arrangement where students independently think, read, and write.
  • Remind students that they have been reading different speeches in which the author takes a stand. They have been analyzing those speeches for central ideas, text structure, and author perspective. Share with students that this assessment will give them an opportunity to apply these skills independently and show what they know.
  • Distribute the Mid-Unit 1 Assessment: Analyzing Excerpts of Lyndon Johnson's Speech "The Great Society". Read aloud through the directions.
  • Address any clarifying questions.
  • Invite students to begin. Circulate to observe but not support; this is students' opportunity to independently apply the skills they have been learning.
  • Collect the assessment.
  • If students finish early, encourage them to reread the speech, attending to details, or to revise their summary writing from the previous night's homework or begin their homework for Lesson 8. 
  • For some students, this assessment may require more than the 40 minutes allotted. Consider providing students time over multiple days if necessary.

Closing & Assessments

Closing

A. Preview Homework (2 minutes)

  • Preview the QuickWrite task and address any clarifying questions.

Homework

Homework
  • QuickWrite: Based on the speeches by Shirley Chisholm, Sojourner Truth, and President Lyndon Johnson, you have learned a lot about what it means to "take a stand." Have you ever taken a stand on something? If so, what and why? If not, is there an issue that you can see yourself taking a stand about? When and why? Please explain, providing evidence from your own experience.

 

Note: Students will begin reading the novel To Kill a Mockingbird in the next lesson. While reading, students will be taking structured notes each night. 

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