Lesson Topic: Lyddie Chapter 21 (17 pages)
Teaching Date:
Planning Date:
Big Ideas:
Not sure what big ideas from the novel belong here.
Maybe: determination can only get you so far in the face of obstacles (or maybe determination can get you far, despite obstacles)
Dignity can inform a person's decisions
Slavery has its limits
Inquiry Questions:
How does Lyddie's pride and dignity come into play? What will she stand for? What won't she stand for?
How can a person's dignity be a driving force on their actions?
How has the factory kept Lyddie from achieving her dreams?
Knowledge Outcomes: Students will know what happens in the story.
  • Lyddie is called into the agent's office because Marsden reported her as a trouble-maker. Lyddie denies the charges and asks to be informed of the complaints. She is told the matter is one of "moral turpitude" and she can't respond because she doesn't know the meaning of the word.
  • Lyddie is dismissed without a certificate of honorable discharge, therefore she won't be able to work at any of the other mills
Skill Outcomes:
  • Students will know how to make predictions based on textual evidence
  • Students will know how to imagine themselves in the place of the character
Evidence of Understanding: Students will contribute to class discussions. Students will work on one RRJ question in class
Sequence of the lesson
Transition: Students are coming from Lashon.
Hook: Say to a student (who can handle it) "You cheated on your math test, so you get a zero."
It's frustrating being accused of something you know you are innocent of.
You are going to each read individually, and I will meet with students individually to look at your RRJ work and discuss the book.
I'm going to ask you to read individually in a space of their choosing. You may lie down propped up on your elbows, but we are not laying down on the rug (this leads to sleeping). You might want to lean up against a wall. If you have a comment, write it on a sticky, or in your RRJ. Think about text-to-text, -self, and -world connections, which might be helpful when working on your reader response questions. When there are seven minutes left in class, we are going to come together and talk about some of what we read. If you don't finish reading in class, you will finish reading for homework. If you do finish reading, you can come and take the RRJ questions and start working on them (1 total, in class).
Sponge Activity:
What are some thoughts that might be going through Lyddie's head? (Take several responses)
Chapter 21
  • Mr. Marsden accuses Lyddie of "moral turpitude," but Lyddie could not respond because she did not know what it meant. Rewrite this passage as if Lyddie did know the meaning. What would she say? Remember how children and workers were expected to behave in front of their elders/superiors.
Groupwork/Grouping: Independent reading
Classroom Environment: Rug area and office chair good for guided reading.
Materials Needed: RRJ, book, pencil, stickies
Potential Pitfalls:
Differentiation: Students will have the option of answering a question by audio, video, by email or on paper