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Day 5: "Holding Up a Train"

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.6
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In this final day of close reading, students analyze O. Henry's use of dramatic irony, created by the dissonance between the perspectives of the narrator and his audience. This final lesson builds on all of the prior discoveries students have made as they've critiqued the narrator's character, synthesized his argument and advice, and analyzed the impact of his language on the tone and meaning. However, they are now extending their analysis to include the author's and audience's perspectives, and how the author deliberately entertains and challenges his reader through the tension created by the differences between these perspectives. Special Materials: Student guided notes sheet Copies of the anchor text for all students
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