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Day 3: "The Gift of the Magi"

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/1
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.9-10.5 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RL/9-10/5
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The purpose of the lesson for this day of close reading is to analyze how the text is structured. Readers will use the parts of the plot to navigate the text for causal relationships. Once readers reach an understanding of the structure, then they will analyze how the author uses tension throughout the text until all conflict is resolved, and the theme becomes apparent. The day begins with a rereading of the text using the Read-Pair-Share strategy. For this strategy, students should be working in pairs to reread parts of the text, answer the questions, and then compare notes. Students may borrow ideas from their partner's writing to add to their own notes, but the focus question should be completed independently. Special Materials: Student guided notes sheet Copies of the anchor text for all students