NYS Common Core ELA & Literacy Curriculum
Grade 9 • Module 1 • Unit 1 • Lesson 2
In this lesson, students listen to a masterful reading of pages 229–240 of “St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves” (from “Stage 2: After a time, your students realize that they must work” to “But you could tell they were pleased”), in which the pack moves from Stage 2 to Stage 3 of lycanthropic culture shock under the supervision of the nuns, and readers learn the name of the narrator, Claudette. Students analyze how Claudette’s tone develops over the course of Stages 2 and 3. Student learning is assessed via a Quick Write at the end of the lesson: Describe Claudette’s tone in her description of Stages 2 and 3 of lycanthropic culture shock. Cite specific evidence to support your response.
For homework, students continue searching for an appropriate Accountable Independent Reading (AIR) text and prepare for the following lesson by selecting a text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
Student learning is assessed via a Quick Write at the end of the lesson. Students respond to the following prompt, citing textual evidence to support analysis and inferences drawn from the text.
Describe Claudette’s tone in her description of Stages 2 and 3 of lycanthropic culture shock. Cite specific textual evidence to support your response.
High Performance Response(s)
A High Performance Response should:
Identify a specific tone (e.g., Claudette’s tone in her description of Stages 2 and 3 is humorous).
Cite specific evidence to support their answer (e.g., Claudette’s tone is frequently humorous. For example, when she is partnered with Mirabella for duck feeding she says: “and then who would get blamed for the dark spots of duck blood on our Peter Pan collars? Who would get penalized with negative Skill Points? Exactly” (p. 234). This quote is humorous because Claudette exaggerates her frustration and sense of injustice by using questions, and also because the image of “dark spots of duck blood on … Peter Pan collars” brings together an everyday image of a school uniform with something unexpected, duck’s blood. Later, in Stage 3, when Jeanette blows her nose on the curtains, Claudette says, “Even [Jeanette’s] mistakes annoyed us—they were always so well intentioned” (p. 239). In doing so, she introduces a note of humor, partly because Jeanette’s actions are comically out of line with the polite behavior that she is trying to show, and partly because being well-intentioned is not something that one usually associates with annoying people).
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