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Day 4: "The New Colossus"

teaches Common Core State Standards RL.6.6 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RL/6/6
teaches Common Core State Standards RL.6.4 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RL/6/4
teaches Common Core State Standards RL.6.1 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RL/6/1
teaches Common Core State Standards RL.6.5 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RL/6/5

Day 4: "The New Colossus"

This lesson focuses on finding evidence in the text to develop an understanding that light symbolizes freedom in the poem. This is the fourth lesson in a five day unit using "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus. In this lesson, students will analyze how the author uses a structural choice: shifting the viewpoint from which the poem is told in different stanzas. Students will read these stanzas closely, thinking about which viewpoint is represented and consider what the shift tells the reader about Emma Lazarus' point of view of The Statue of Liberty. By the end of day 4, students should be able to answer the Day 4 focus question independently: "How does Lazarus use the second stanza to develop her viewpoint about The Statue of Liberty?" This thinking will prepare students to write a well supported argument, detailing 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