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Close reading literature: "The Kairos Mechanism"

This sequence of lessons is based on text-dependent questions that are answered through a close reading of this historical fiction piece, "The Kairos Mechanism" by Kate Milford.

Lessons

  • Make inferences about the setting

    In this lesson you will learn how to make inferences about the setting of a text by sketching the setting and imagining what it is like.

  • Analyze the impact of word choice on mood

    In this lesson, you will learn how to analyze the impact of word choice on the mood of a text by connecting details that build suspense.

  • Infer ideas about a historical time period

    In this lesson, you will learn how to infer ideas about a historical time period by bundling specific details and considering what they suggest about the time period.

  • Analyze the development of the conflict

    In this lesson, you will learn how to analyze the development of the conflict of a plot by describing the major problems characters face and determining the causes.

  • Analyze an unknown element's role in the plot

    In this lesson, you will learn how to describe the ways an author develops unknown elements by analyzing episodes that move the plot forward.

  • Analyze the climax of a plot

    In this lesson, you will learn how to analyze the climax of a plot by examining the action and dialogue that drive the conflict.

  • Determine the central idea

    In this lesson, you will learn how to determine the central idea of a text by summarizing key elements of the plot and considering their connection to the big ideas in the story.

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