ESSENTIAL QUESTION: What are some of the challenges and triumphs of growing up?

Speaking and Listening

Assignment In the last three lines of the excerpt, Woodson questions the differences between the ideas in her head and reality: “Maybe the truth is somewhere in between / all that I’m told / and memory.” Woodson also discusses how her mother often says she is lying. In telling stories, do you think Woodson is lying or just using her imagination? Is there a point at which the use of imagination becomes a lie? Take a position on these questions, and participate in a brief partner discussion in which you express your views. Use examples from the text and from your own experience to support your ideas. After you and your partner talk, regroup with the class and share highlights of your discussion. 1. Prepare for the Discussion  Decide whether you think Woodson’s use of imagination as a child goes so far it could be considered lying. Then, determine why you feel this way. Note examples from the text and your own experience to support your reasons. 2. Discuss With Your Partner  Use your notes as you and your partner talk about the issue. Consider the following questions: • Do you and your partner agree on your basic position? • If so, do you have similar or different reasons and examples that support your position? • If not, do the reasons and examples your partner offers change your opinion? 3. Discuss With Your Class  Begin the class discussion by having each set of partners take turns offering a different idea about Woodson’s use of imagination. Do not repeat an idea that was already introduced by your classmates; try to come up with a new idea even if it was not the one you had originally planned on sharing. Once each set of partners has contributed, discuss the ways in which your ideas are similar and different. 4. Reflect on the Discussion  After both the partner and group discussions, consider how talking about ideas helped you better understand your own thinking. Did your initial position change as a result of the discussions? Why or why not?

  EVIDENCE LOG Before moving on to a new selection, go to your Evidence Log, and record what you learned from Brown Girl Dreaming .

  STANDARDS Speaking and Listening Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly. a. Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion. b. Follow rules for collegial discussions, set specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed. c. Pose and respond to specific questions with elaboration and detail by making comments that contribute to the topic, text, or issue under discussion. d. Review the key ideas expressed and demonstrate understanding of multiple perspectives through reflection and paraphrasing.

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