Lesson Plan

#Summarize: Summarizing

What are the effects of one's life experiences? Class members view a slam poetry reading, a speech by President Obama, and read a short story by John Steinbeck about responding to tragedies. They summarize these events and then craft a tweet that states their response to an event.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • The poem, speech, and short story are powerful and pain-filled; carefully preview each resource to determine how you will scaffold them into the lesson
Classroom Considerations
  • Class members should be familiar with the "4-2-1" strategy
  • Requires devices with internet to view the Poetry Slam and President Obama's Orlando speech and copies of John Steinbeck's short story "Why Soldiers Won't Talk"
  • Materials are available in Spanish and English
  • Some learners may require additional scaffolding to reduce their response to a life experience to a tweet
Common Core