Lesson Topic: Lyddie Chapter 18 (17 pages)
Teaching Date: (I will be teaching, part of Guided Lead Teaching)
Planning Date:
Big Ideas: Industry affects some people in a very real and personal way.
Lyddie's hopes are changing
Money is not more precious than time
Doing the right thing doesn't always feel nice
Slavery has many forms
Inquiry Questions:
How do Lyddie's actions show that money is no longer her driving force?
How are Lyddie's hopes changing?
What does working mean for Lyddie now? How does she view her long working days?
Why does Lyddie object to the idea of "being bought?"
How is that any different from being bought by the factory?
Knowledge Outcomes: Students will know that:
  • Charlie comes to visit, and get Rachel to come live with his new family
  • Lyddie lets Rachel go for selfless reasons
  • Lyddie learns that the farm will be sold, breaking her hope to reunite the family
  • Luke Stevens sent Lyddie a letter saying that they bought the farm, and asking for Lyddie to marry him. Lyddie is insulted by this, and says she can't be bought (she might think of this as slavery)
  • Lyddie is a potato
Skill Outcomes:
Students will know how to compare and contrast themes in the book--slavery ("being bought" by a husband and "being bought" by the factory)
Evidence of Understanding:
Students will be informally assessed during the lesson by their input to the discussion questions
Sequence of the lesson
Transition: Students are coming from Chumash
Activities: Students will answer discussion questions during the reading.
Chapter 18
  • How does Lyddie respond to Charlie's visit? To his news? If Lyddie could have things her way, what would she prefer? To have Rachel stay with her or go off to live with strangers?
  • Why doesn't Lyddie hug her brother good bye?
  • On p. 145, it says, "Lyddie brushed away a cobweb of envy." What does she envy? What would her ideal situation be?
  • Despite the fact that everything seems to be working itself out, Lyddie feels even more despair than ever. Why does Lyddie feel hopeless in her current situation? What went wrong, according to her?
  • How does the news about the farm change Lyddie's hopes for the future?
  • How does Luke Stevens' letter worsen or alleviate her bad spirits?
Sponge Activity:If students finish early, I will ask them more discussion questions.
Wrap-Up:"Please close your books (and finish reading Chapter 18 for homework). Have you ever really really wanted something, and then had to give up on it? Is there anything that you worked really hard on, only to have it not work out?" (They won't answer) "Think about that moment, when it dawned on you that it just wasn't going to work. What are some adjectives you can use to describe that?" (Take a few responses) Imagine how Lyddie must have felt in that moment when she realizes that everything she was working so hard for--reuniting her family, keeping the family farm, paying off the debt--wasn't going to happen."
Homework: Finish reading Chapter 18.
Groupwork/Grouping: Students will read as a whole group.
Classroom Environment: Students will sit on the rug in a circle.
Materials Needed: Book, stickies, pencil, RRJ
Potential Pitfalls: Not sure
Dpicapolloparatodos odbgksbgifferentiation: A variety of discussion questions--from comprehension to analysis