The Power of Reading

Lesson 14
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ELA

Unit 5

1st Grade

Lesson 14 of 26

Objective


Explain the lessons we can learn from Mary and why they are important.

Readings and Materials


  • Book: The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read by Rita Lorraine Hubbard 

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Target Task


Discussion & Writing Prompt

What lessons can we learn from Mary? Why is the lesson important?

Sample Response

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Key Questions


  • What were the rules of the Alabama plantation Mary grew up on? How did they  make her feel? 

  • What was life like for Mary after she was freed? What does she vow to one day do?

  • Why did Mary not learn to read as an adult? How did this make her feel?

  • How is Mary feeling? Why?

  • What decision does Mary make? How does it make her feel?

  • How does learning to read change Mary’s life?

Vocabulary


vow

v.

to promise to do something

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Common Core Standards


  • RL.1.2 — Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
  • RL.1.3 — Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
  • RL.1.7 — Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.

Supporting Standards

L.1.1
L.1.2
RL.1.1
RL.1.10
SL.1.1
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