In this lesson, students analyze how being lost at sea in the middle of the Pacific Ocean on a small raft with few provisions reveals Louie’s character. Louie is a real-life person in a true story, yet the basis for students’ analysis of Louie’s character is literature standard (RL.8.3). This literature standard best captures how Louie endures the ordeal by dealing with the challenges he and the others face and changing as a result of those challenges.
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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 EngageNY.org of the New York State Education Department. Grade 8 ELA Module 3A, Unit 2, Lesson 1.
Available from engageny.org/resource/grade-8-ela-module-3a-unit-2-lesson-1; accessed 2015-05-29.
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