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Grade Level: Overview



English Curriculum Objectives


Four - Five Classes

After completing Matched students will be expected to come up with a first chapter to the next book in the series Crossed. We are left at the end of the novel with a cliff hanger, having little knowledge of how Ky, Cassia and Xander fair. Students must use what they have learned about the society, what they have learned about the characters and what they have learned about what is possibly going to happen in the future in order to construct a realistic but unique and interesting first chapter to crossed.

1.1 examine the ideas of others in discussion to clarify and extend their own understanding 7.1 examine different aspects of texts that contribute to meaning and effect 6.2 respond to the texts they are reading and viewing by questioning, connecting,

evaluating, and extending
9.3 analyze and reflect on others’ responses to their writing and multimedia projects and consider those responses in creating new pieces.

Lesson Title
Teacher Guide Ice Breaker/Opener
(Exercise to introduce the topic/bring in focus)

Student Adaptations Materials Needed  Class set of Matched  Access to a computer lab

Finish reading the final chapter of Matched as a class. Following this students will be put in groups to discuss the ending and Cassia’s fate. In each group a recorder will write down the contributions of each group member to be passed in. After 10 minutes we will come back together as a class and discuss what was though of the ending. Because Matched is a trilogy, we are left with a cliffhanger at the end of the novel. We will talk about the effect of this and brainstorm a few ideas of what we think will happen to Cassia, Ky, Xander and the rest of Oria. The activity will involve students predicting and writing the first chapter of crossed. There are no guidelines in regard to whose perspective it is written in, however the chapter must have some sort of connection and reflection on the themes and plot of Matched. The chapter should be 2-4 pages typed double space.

(Give and/or demonstrate necessary introductory info to subject matter)

(Describe the independent and/or group activity for students to gain better understanding of material)

Other Resources 

(Activities for further study into content material for students who have completed activities ahead of time.)

Students can write additional pages or an additional chapter if they complete the assignment ahead of time.


(Allow for questions/clarification on the subject from students – reinforce original objectives and lesson purpose)

In small groups students will share the chapter they have written with their peers. Students will be expected to give feedback to their peers on cue cards. Students will then take their comments from their classmates and have the opportunity to revise their chapter. The cue cards, the original and revised copy will all be due one week from the date of the group discussions.

Additional Notes
Class One – Finish reading Matched, group discussions on thoughts of the end of the novel and brainstorm ideas of what happens next. Activity is introduced Class Two/Three – Students will be given two full class periods to write their chapter. If not completed students must finish their chapter for homework. Class Four – Students will get into small groups and share their stories with one another. Each student will be responsible for providing feedback for each story they have read/listened to.

(Assigned work for remaining class period, homework, or following class i.e. test, project etc)

See attached rubric