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Day 1: "The Gift of the Magi"

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/3
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/4
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This "day one" close reading lesson develops every reader's familiarity with the text's meaning by examining the main characters. Today's questions focus on the "right there" knowledge about the text and help to develop students' comprehension skills, particularly around the theme of the text. Readers will call upon and augment their skills in describing a complex character, determining changes to the character, and ultimately, analyzing the character's interaction with another character. The teacher will read the text aloud to students while students follow along with individual copies. Students may work in small groups or pairs as they return to the text to explore the questions, capturing their thinking on the student guided notes sheet. The focus question should be completed independently. Special Materials: Student guided notes sheet Copies of the anchor text for all students