Taking a Stand: Shiloh

Lesson 17 - Discussion

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Defend if Marty should be taking a stand against what he believes is an injustice and if he is doing it the most effective way.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor 

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Discussion Prompt

Multiple times Marty has been told to “mind his own business” and not get involved with Shiloh and Judd. Yet Marty feels like it is his responsibility to step in and save Shiloh.

Should Marty be taking a stand against what he believes is an injustice? Is he doing it in the most effective way? Defend why.

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Common Core Standards

  • RL.4.3 — Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).

  • SL.4.1 — Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

  • SL.4.1.a — Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion.

  • SL.4.1.b — Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and carry out assigned roles.

  • SL.4.1.c — Pose and respond to specific questions to clarify or follow up on information, and make comments that contribute to the discussion and link to the remarks of others.

  • SL.4.2 — Paraphrase portions of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

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