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Annotation with Purpose! Comparing and Contrasting Sonnets begins with a refresher on annotation but goes far beyond for your Grades 6-13 students.
Annotation has traditionally been used to increase critical thinking about texts, and as an entry point for writing about how a text works. This is only ONE of the reasons why annotating, close reading and reader response criticism was adopted and favored at the university level.

We are proud to offer a FULLY COMPLETE UNIT for Middle and HIGH SCHOOLERS, and to make it EASY for you to use, and for students to learn and apply. Get students thinking critically and ready for the sophisticated writing expected in the first semester of college!

Why it’s Great – This 8-10 Day Common Core Lesson Plan is Ideal because it allows students to not only to Annotate Sonnets by Shakespeare and Edmund Spenser, it provides time for students to discuss the major layers and elements they noticed during their annotation. Additionally, It gently scaffolds students towards independently writing a compare/contrast essay. Finally, it is fully COMPLETE with all the materials your students need to take the leap from annotation to USING their annotations in a compare/contrast essay.

You Receive:
• 8-10 DAY Unit PLAN with Common Core Standards that scaffolds students with increasing skill acquisition and responsibility.

• Advice on Annotation

• A set of Sonnets for student annotation – Please see our Preview!

• Teacher Key for EACH SONNET

AND MUCH more - Writing Tips, Essay Organizers, ESSAY RUBRIC etc . . .

In Short, Everything is Provided, CULMINATING in a Compare and Contrast in-class writing assignment.
PLUS – This enhanced unit is complete with an extra set of sonnets. You may repeat the unit again during the year and gauge student essay writing for improvement.


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