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lesson 3
1 hour

Analyzing Themes: The Golden Rule and Taking a Stand


In this lesson, students will read a portion of Chapter 16 that they did not read for homework. The scene involves Atticus’s conversation with Jem and Scout about the angry mob outside the jail the night before. Students will discuss a key quote from the reading and relate it to the Golden Rule.

Students will then view and discuss the Little Rock Nine photograph that they viewed in Unit 1, Lesson 1 in relation to the angry mob scene. This part of the lesson develops the students’ continuing understanding of the module’s theme of taking a stand by providing an opportunity for students to discuss the difference in taking an informed stand and taking an ignorant stand.


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Bilingual Language Progressions

These resources, developed by the New York State Education Department, provide standard-level scaffolding suggestions for English Language Learners (ELLs) to help them meet grade-level demands. Each resource contains scaffolds at multiple levels of language acquisition and describes the linguistic demands of the standards to help ELA teachers as well as ESL/bilingual teachers scaffold content for their English learning students.



From of the New York State Education Department. Grade 8 ELA Module 2A, Unit 2, Lesson 3. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29. Newer versions may exist from Expeditionary Learning.
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