Shared Inquiry Lesson Plan for “The New Colossus”

This Shared Inquiry Lesson Plan for “The New Colossus” activity & project also includes:

Two is better than one. Scholars use shared inquiry and discuss their ideas with one another to better interpret Emma Lazerus' poem "The New Colossus." They work through pre-reading, reading, questioning, and rereading activities before listening to the poem, answering comprehension questions, and analyzing word choice. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Determine groups/partners before beginning
Classroom Considerations
  • Focuses on collaboration and group work
  • Some options require research and resources
  • Lesson is divided into two sessions
  • Connects reading and history
  • Offers optional extensions
  • None