In this second unit of the module, students apply their background knowledge of the Middle Ages to better understand the literary text Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices from a Medieval Village. In the first half of the unit, students’ purpose for reading these monologues is twofold. Students read these monologues, told through the voices of children from a medieval village, to identify themes of adversity. They focus on the author’s craft, specifically the use of figurative language and word choice, to better understand how the author conveys these themes. For their mid-unit assessment, students read a new monologue from the book, identify themes of adversity, analyze the use of figurative language, describe how parts of the text contribute to overall meaning, and answer text-dependent questions about the author’s choice of specific words.
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From EngageNY.org of the New York State Education Department. Grade 6 ELA Module 2B, Unit 2.
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