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Day 1: "A Modest Proposal"

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.1
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.3
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teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.6
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In this lesson, students will be introduced to Jonathan Swift and the political essay "A Modest Proposal." Students will read the anchor text for the first time, working in pairs or small groups to evaluate the structure of the essay. At the end of the lesson, students will understand the construction of the problem-solution essay and the satirical nature of Swift's argument and explain this in writing. The lesson incorporates both individual and collaborative student work. This series of close reading lesson plans was created by a member of the 2015 Delaware Dream Team. Special Materials: Students will need a copy of the anchor text. You may also consider making dictionaries available.
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