Lesson Topic: Lyddie Chapter 14
Teaching Date: 5/10 Monday 10:15--11
Planning Date: 3/23/10
Big Ideas: Industry affects some people in a very real and personal way.
Inquiry Questions: How does the factory life affect Lyddie mentally?
In what ways has Lyddie's hopes changed during her time working for the factory?

Knowledge Outcomes: Students will know what happens in the story:
  • Amelia is going to leave because she's tired of the factory life
  • Lyddie is considered Marsden's best worker, and is given a new Irish girl to (begrudgingly) train
  • Luke Stevens visits, with Ezekiel's loan repayment and bad/good news
  • Lyddie writes to her mother to see if she can now pay off the debt, and puts $1 in
  • She is later shocked that once she handed over all of her money to a stranger, and now can hardly give a dollar to her own mother

Skill Outcomes: Students will be able to transfer their social studies learning to the novel's description of immigrant populations in Lowell.
Students will know how to track character development (how Lyddie has changed over time)

Evidence of Understanding: Students will answer one RRJ question, due Tuesday.
Rubric: Standard RRJ rubric
Sequence of the lesson
Transition: Students are coming from: Lashon
Hook: "What are some of the examples you came up with for others showing kindness to Lyddie?"
"What are some examples of Lyddie's attitude towards others?"
Take two responses for each question. Do you think she will want to help Brigid?

Activities: Students will read from the chapter. Each reader will sit in front of the class, and read, pausing for discussion questions. (I will direct the discussion if students aren't generating thoughtful questions and comments.)
Chapter 14
  • What does Lyddie think about having to show the ropes to the new girl? How does she go about this?
  • Why do you think Lyddie has such a hard time sending her mother money? Do you think she feels bad about giving so little? How might this gesture show how Lyddie has changed in her journey, and what her priorities are? What are her priorities? Why is she so thrilled about getting the money?
RRJ question: The economic pinch at the mills is well underway when Lyddie arrives, but changes begin in earnest after her first summer. list some of the signs of the corporations’ push for lower costs and greater profits. (due Tues.)

Sponge Activity: Students can start their RRJ work.
Wrap-Up: One person can view something as bad and unwanted, whereas another person can view it as good and necessary. Lyddie is looking out for herself, or is she selfish?"Looking out for oneself. Only looking out for oneself."
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