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Lesson 5 - Discussion


Describe where Shiloh takes place and compare and contrast Friendly, West Virginia, with where you live by using specific details from the text to describe setting in depth.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor  — Ch. 1-3

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Target Task


Discussion Prompt

Describe where Shiloh takes place. In what ways is life in Friendly, West Virginia similar to life where you live? In what ways it is different? Explain.

How does the setting influence Marty?

Mastery Response


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impact     (n.)

a powerful or major influence or effect

influence     (n.)

the power to change or affect someone/something

dialect     (n.)

a form of a language spoken in a particular area

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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.

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