Launching Researching: Reading for Gist and Gathering Evidence Using the Research Guide

Let's get to the gist! Pupils work in research teams to gather information about specific refugee experiences from Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Kurdistan. Scholars then try to find the gist of informational texts about their topics, gathering evidence about who the refugees were and from where they fled. Next, they share their findings with partners. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have learners write diary entries from the perspective of a refugee who is adapting to a new life in America 
Classroom Considerations
  • This is the 19th of 20 consecutive lessons from the Grade 8 ELA Module 1, Unit 2 series 
  • Students each need a copy of Thanhha Lai's Inside Out & Back Again
Pros
  • Includes an agenda, list of materials, teaching notes, and learning targets for successful lesson implementation
  • Offers ideas for meeting the needs of all learning styles
Cons
  • None
Common Core