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Day 2: "The New Colossus"

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RL/6/1
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.2 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RL/6/2
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RL/6/4
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This lesson focuses on finding evidence in the text to develop an understanding that light symbolizes freedom in the poem. This is the second lesson in a five day unit using "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus. Day 2 will revolve around making inferences about how Lazarus uses light as a symbol for freedom throughout the poem. Students should also be able to increase the amount of text evidence they are able to include in their answers as each day progresses. By the end of Day 2, students should be able to independently answer the Day 2 focus question: "How does Lazarus use light as a symbol for freedom throughout the poem?" This thinking will help students prepare for the culminating task, where they will use evidence to support the author's point of view about The Statue of Liberty. Special Materials: Individual copies of "The New Colossus" for each student, pencils for annotating