Mr. Verlin South Philadelphia High School October 31 and November 3, 2014 “An american story” and “Ex-refugee”
Preliminaries • 11/05: have students complete the QuickWrite activity on p. 261. Discuss.(10 classwork pts.) • 11/07: pre-read “Ex-Refugee” starting on p. 265 and use steps #1 and #2 to predict the main idea.
Objectives: • The students will be able to differentiate fact from opinion. • The students will be able to analyze the development of the main idea of “An American Story” and “Ex-Refugee”.
Focus Lesson: “An American…” • In news reports, journalists present information—facts and statements by other people—in a straightforward style. In news features, journalists also present information, but they give their reports a personal slant by including their own views and by writing in an individual style. A news feature provides a unique perspective on a current or past event.
Focus Lesson: “An American…” • In “The Sniper”, think about why Anthony Lewis chose to write about Viet Dinh and his family, refugees from Vietnam. What is Lewis’s personal perspective in the article? What is his main idea?
Focus Lesson: “Ex-Refugee” • Begin reading the story on p. 265. • As you read, analyze the main idea using the 5-step analysis process. • Complete the plot diagram.
Closing Activity • Free-write a paragraph (5 sentences) explaining what you learned from today’s reading.