Grade: 8
Subject: Language Arts
LA.8.2.1 (Fiction) - The student identifies, analyzes, and applies knowledge of the elements of a variety of fiction and literary texts to develop a thoughtful response to a literary selection.
S.E. Hinton's "The Outsiders" will be read during class as well as at home for homework.

The student will locate and analyze elements of characterization, setting, and plot, including rising action, conflict, resolution, theme, and other literary elements as appropriate in a variety of fiction.

Expected Outcome Of This Lesson Plan-
1. Have students complete a book report on one of the novels read in class.
2. Student thinks critically as to the author's purpose when reading the novels.
3. Student understands characterization, setting, and plot by identifying these in various novels.
Teacher Objectives-
1. Students will be able to label the rising action, conflict, and resolution throughout "The Outsiders"
2. Students will each come up with a separate theme, then come together and discuss the elements of the novel that made them obtain that message.
"The Outsiders"
Teaching Methods-

1. Lesson Introduction-

1. Begin by defining rising action, conflict, climax, and resolution.
2. Give examples of each step within a work of fiction already read.
3. Decide on a theme for the fiction already read.

2. Lesson Progression-

1. Assign each group a short story to read from the textbook.
2. Each group must label the rising action, conflict, climax, resolution, then come up with a theme for the work.
3. Each group presents their assessment of the work they were assigned.

3. Guided Practice-

1. In groups, students will hypothesize possible events that may occur in the book.
2. Read around; students will be called randomly to read aloud in class.
3. Short in-class quizzes administered to ensure students are keeping up with their reading.

4. Student Practice-

1. Text marking; have students place post-it-notes on pages they read at home they feel are important and the reason why.
2. Short summaries of material assigned to be read at home.
3. Group discussions based on hypothesis' of future plots in the novel.

5. Learner Accommodations-

1. Read aloud in class to catch up students who may have fallen behind.
2. In groups, listen to see if students are all actively participating and understanding concepts; if not, meet with those struggling.
3. Randomly call on students to ensure they are paying attention.

6. Assessment-

1. Short in-class quizzes.
2. Summaries of chapters read at home.
3. Class discussion of ideas for themes.
4. Have students write a report on "The Outsiders" supporting their own interpretation of the theme of the novel and providing examples from the text.

7. Lesson Closure-

1. Suggest other books similar to "The Outsiders" that students may enjoy.
Measuring Student Progress-
1. Final report on "The Outsiders" will be completed.

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