Too Soon A Woman by Dorothy M. Johnson
This complete lesson for the short story “Too Soon A Woman” by Dorothy M. Johnson requires no prep!

This product includes:

---3 day lesson plan in EATS format (including an activating strategy, teaching strategies, and more…)

---Six printable worksheets (including comprehension questions, discussion questions, exit tickets, and more…)

---Answer Keys

---28- Slide PowerPoint (including methods of characterization, PALS reading strategy Essential Question Sample Answer, and more…)

This lesson is Common Core aligned to: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.8.3 Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.

I LOVE this story! The voice, the desperate situation, the narrator’s naïve hatred all tug at my heart! I especially love the last sentence’s revelation!

The lesson discusses character traits, character motivation, point of view, and conflict. Each is clearly defined- and examples are given. During the three days, students are given the opportunity to work independently, in pairs, in groups, through writing, through speech, etc. Various activities will help with differentiated learning.

This lesson is particularly effective in helping students answer the Essential Question (How can we analyze how particular lines of dialogue or a particular incident in a story reveal aspects of a character?) for three reasons:
1- Students practice answering in groups with a short fable BEFORE they read the text
2- Students are shown an example of an answer, which they critique BEFORE they read the text
3- Students read the text at least twice.
Due to this preparation, students are able to successfully answer the E.Q. at the culmination of the lesson (on Day 3!).

I hope you enjoy this lesson as much as I do!

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Created: Mar 17, 2017

Updated: Feb 22, 2018

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