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26 October: Close Reading of Nobody


I can analyze how word choice and structure impact meaning in texts (RI 2 & 4).

Entry Task:

As you come in, get ready to play a Blooket with vocabulary list 4.

After, be prepared to share your answer to the following question:

  • What is annotating and why is it important?

What’s Going On:

Today we will begin our focus on annotation by closely reading our first text. Together, we will read the first few paragraphs of Nobody: Casualties of America's War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond. (**Teacher Annotation Notes)

After our discussion and analysis of the writing prompt, return to the preface to individually read while annotating. Focus your annotation on creating a working understanding of the term “nobody” and the ways the author uses lines, details, and words to develop an argument in a short text.

After reading, write to explain how this text relates to one of our unit themes.

  • Invisibility: Because of our societal norms and values, we unfairly and systematically prevent those outside of the norm from being truly seen and valued, and this forces many groups of people to become invisible members of our society.

  • Acceptance: When we accept ourselves and others for our individual understanding of the world and for our differences, we will gain increased open-mindedness, and we will better understand everyone’s humanity.

Exit Task:

You will have class time tomorrow to complete this, so find a good pausing point and place your work behind the unit tab in your binder.


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