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Day 1: "Holding Up a Train"

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.1 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RL/8/1
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.3 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RL/8/3
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.4 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RL/8/4
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This lesson assists students in gaining a toehold into the story by focusing on the initial page. This introductory page of the text can be complex due to the author's frequent use of idiomatic expressions. By conducting a close reading of these initial sections to establish the plot and setting, the students are guided to an understanding of the narrator’s chosen occupation and the context for his expertise and later advice. Today's focus question asks students to examine the events that led up to the narrator's decision to rob a train, which sets them up to jump into the remainder of the story. Special Materials: Student guided notes sheet Copies of the anchor text for all students