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How does someone show a great heart, figuratively? - Lesson 1

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Students explore the word heart, considering its literal and figurative meanings. Students begin the process of reading, annotating, and analyzing texts by working with two short quotations that use the word heart literally or figuratively. Delineating the two ways that heart can be used prepares students for the module’s work. Over the course of this module, students develop a deep understanding of the heart, both how the literal human heart functions in the body, as well as how the figurative heart represents the center of the human spirit and emotions. In this lesson, students practice annotation and evidence gathering to develop skill in close reading and tracking textual evidence for writing. This knowledge of heart and these fundamental reading and evidence collection skills support the writing throughout the module and build toward students’ performance on the End of Module Task.

This example lesson showcases best practices already existent in the unit as well as refinements made in collaboration with the ELSF review team. The lesson is annotated to highlight highly supportive lesson features, including rationale and accompanying Guidelines which provide information on why the features are effective for ELs (and all students). Some of the features highlighted showcase learning opportunities that apprentice ELs into valued academic practices.

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