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Lesson 14: Summarizing a Literary Text

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Students independently read and summarize Chapter 14 of The Jungle by Upton Sinclair.

Additional Materials:

  • Rhetoric Text Access Document

  • A copy of the excerpt from The Jungle for each student

  • GIST Summary Activity Handout (blank)

  • GIST Summary Activity Handout (completed)

  • The Jungle, Chapter 14 Audio

  • Chart paper (optional)

Additional Notes:

  • Consider making two anchor charts: one for the definition of social commentary and one for historical context for the text (both discussed in this lesson). Leave these charts up through Lesson 19. These will be very helpful for students, particularly in Lessons 16 and 17.