English Language Arts teachers, ease your way into next week’s preparation with these free reading comprehension lesson plans. There’s nothing quite like learning opportunities that engage and motivate all students in the classroom with diverse, timeless writing. Take students on a journey of discovery with these grade-leveled lessons from EMC School’s Mirrors & Windows series.

Along with your awesome teaching prowess (of course!), these lessons will ignite more thoughtful writing, critical thinking, and deeper comprehension. Guide your students to make deeper connections with what they read—this empowering literature will turn mirrors into windows for your students!

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What will your students read?

  • 7th grade: “Hollywood and the Pits” by Cherylene Lee is a coming-of-age short story of how a former child actor found her value not from the admiration of others (like her mother) but while volunteering to dig at the La Brea Tar Pits.
  • 9th grade: “American History” is a short story by Judith Ortiz Cofer. As a 14-year-old Puerto Rican growing up in the 1960s, Elena faces teasing at school. She finds solace and connection in the boy next door; however, his mother does not approve of their friendship. On the day JFK is assassinated, Elena wrestles with her own sadness while the country mourns a different kind of loss.
  • 11th grade: “A Worn Path” by Eudora Welty is a short story that explores the inner life and everyday heroisms of an ordinary person. Phoenix Jackson, an elderly black woman, takes a normal walk through the woods to town and shows determination and generosity at each turn, all while considering the strange bonds that we have with the people in our everyday lives.

Each lesson plan includes:

  • Thorough objectives, necessary materials, road map, etc.
  • Annotated Teacher Edition pages
  • Student Edition pages
  • Differentiated instruction game plans
  • Blackline study materials, e-book suggestions, and more!

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