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Lesson 5: Steve Jobs' Commencement Speech at Stanford

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.5a
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.10
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.2
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.3
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.6
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.9

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In the 5th lesson of this unit, students read “Casey at the Bat” and "The Story of David and Goliath." "Casey at the Bat" presents the dangers of arrogance and assuming one is immune to failure. “The Story of David and Goliath” is about an underdog overcoming odds against someone who he assumed was infallible. “Casey at the Bat” sets the reader up to anticipate one outcome and then delivers the opposite outcome. Students should consider how Casey’s point of view as the events unfold in the poem contribute to the narrative. This poem also helps students consider the consequences of arrogance as they continue to explore what it takes to be successful. Similarly, Goliath assumes he is the greatest until he is beaten by David. Both texts engage readers in examining their own preconceived notions about success and failure. Both texts should be read independently prior to engaging in discussion or collaborative group work.
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