Lesson plan

Lesson 2 - Close Read: "Theseus and the Minotaur"

teaches Common Core State Standards RL.6.2 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RL/6/2
teaches Common Core State Standards RL.6.1 http://corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/RL/6/1

Lesson 2 - Close Read: "Theseus and the Minotaur"

To learn more about this lesson and English Language Learner considerations, read the Lesson 2 Narrative and Lesson 2 Teacher's Guide for ELLs found under the Additional Materials tab.

Focus Standards (There are the standards the instruction addresses.)

  • CCSS.RL.6.1NC.RL.6.1CCSS.RL.6.2NC.RL.6.2

Supporting Standards (These are the standards that are incidental—no direct instruction in this lesson, but practice of these standards occurs as a result of addressing the focus standards.)

  • CCSS.RL.6.4NC.RL.6.4CCSS.RL.6.5NC.RL.6.5CCSS.RL.6.9NC.RL.6.9CCSS.L.6.4CCSS.L.6.6NC.L.6.6CCSS.W.6.10CCSS.RL.6.10

Daily Learning Targets

  • I can demonstrate understanding of the excerpt from Chapter 14 of The Lightning Thief. (RL.6.1)
  • I can determine a theme and how it is conveyed through details in “Theseus and the Minotaur.” (RL.6.2)
  • I can write a summary of “Theseus and the Minotaur” without personal opinions or judgments. (RL.6.2)

Purpose of Lesson

  • Students participate in a close read of an excerpt from Chapter 14 of The Lightning Thief to determine a theme and how it is conveyed through details in “Theseus and the Minotaur.” Students then write a summary of “Theseus and the Minotaur” without personal opinions or judgments.

In Advance

  • Review the student tasks and example answers to get familiar with what students will be required to do in the lesson (see Materials list).
  • Record the following on the board for students as they arrive:
    • Review or complete your summary homework answers with a partner, revising as necessary. Be ready to share with the large group.
  • Preview the Close Reading Guide: “Theseus and the Minotaur” and Close Reading Culminating Task: “Theseus and the Minotaur” to get familiar with what will be required of students.
  • Preread Chapter 14 in The Lightning Thief to identify words or plot points that may challenge students.
  • Prepare copies of handouts for students (see Materials list).
  • Post the learning targets and applicable anchor charts (see Materials list).

Vocabulary

  • Academic (Tier Two): alter, ambition, dreadful, exuberance, hubris, judgment, opinion

Materials from Previous Lessons

Teacher

  • Close Readers Do These Things Anchor Chart (For Teacher Reference) (one to display; from Unit 1, Lesson 4, Opening A)
  • Academic word wall (begun in Unit 1, Lesson 1, Opening A)
  • Text Guide: The Lightning Thief (For Teacher Reference) (from Unit 1, Lesson 2, Work Time A)
  • Gist Record: The Lightning Thief Anchor Chart (Example for Teacher Reference) (one to display; from Unit 1, Lesson 2, Work Time A)
  • Work to Become Effective Learners Anchor Chart (Example for Teacher Reference) (one to display; from Unit 1, Lesson 5, Work Time A)
  • Criteria for an Effective Summary Anchor Chart (For Teacher Reference) (one to display; from Unit 2, Lesson 1, Work Time C)

Student

  • Vocabulary logs (one per student; from Unit 1, Lesson 2, Work Time B)
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (one per student; text; from Unit 1, Lesson 1, Work Time C)
  • Affix List (one per student; from Affix List section)

​​​​​​New Materials

Teacher

  • Close Reading Guide: "Theseus and the Minotaur" (For Teacher Reference)
  • Close Reading Culminating Task: "Theseus and the Minotaur" (Example for Teacher Reference)
  • Homework: Compare and Contrast Themes: “Theseus and the Minotaur” and The Lightning Thief (example for teacher reference) (from Unit 2 Homework)

​​Student

  • Sticky notes (one per student)
  • Synopsis: The Lightning Thief, Chapter 14 (one per student; one for display)
  • Text: “Theseus and the Minotaur” (one per student; one for display)
  • Close Reading Culminating Task: “Theseus and the Minotaur” (one per student; one for display)
  • Homework: Compare and Contrast Themes: “Theseus and the Minotaur” and The Lightning Thief (one per student; from Unit 2 Homework)

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