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World Cafe Discussion Lesson Plan (3/21)

Total Time: 70 minutes

Lesson Objectives:
- Review how to properly quote evidence to support answers
- Discuss questions about The Sniper in groups to further understanding and
demonstrate use of textual evidence

Lesson Goals:
- Students will understand how to properly quote evidence, making changes to their own
work if necessary.
- Students will discuss questions about The Sniper in a World Cafe format, referring to
the text to support their answers.

Lesson Products:
- The Sniper questions (due at the beginning of class, will be revised in a different color,
font, etc. during class--collected on Classroom)

Learning Target (LT):

- LT 1 (Communication): I can respectfully express my own thoughts and respond to the
thoughts of others in my group about The Sniper.
- LT 2 (Reading): I can deepen my understanding of The Sniper through revisiting my
own and others analyses.
- LT 4 (Reasoning): I can support my thinking with evidence (direct quotes from the text).

Overarching Goals:
- Our next unit is focused on analyzing short stories and poetry. This World Cafe format
gives students a chance to grapple with these skills collaboratively after they have
already had a solo attempt. The emphasis is on using evidence to support claims, a key
skill for any kind of literary analysis.

Colorado Academic Standards:

- 1. Oral Expression and Listening 1. Communication skills and interviewing techniques
are required to gather information and to develop and deliver oral presentations a.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and
teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on
others ideas and expressing their own clearly. (CCSS: SL.8.1) i. Come to discussions
prepared, having read or researched material under study; explicitly draw on that
preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on
ideas under discussion. (CCSS: SL.8.1a) iv. Acknowledge new information expressed by
others, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views in light of the evidence
presented. (CCSS: SL.8.1d)
- 2. Reading for All Purposes 1. Quality comprehension and interpretation of literary texts
demand self-monitoring and self-assessment a. Use Key Ideas and Details to: i. Cite the
textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly
as well as inferences drawn from the text. (CCSS: RL.8.1) ii. Determine a theme or
central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including
its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the
text. (CCSS: RL.8.2) iii. Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or
drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision. (CCSS:
- 4. Research and Reasoning 1. Individual research projects begin with information
obtained from a variety of sources, and is organized, documented, and presented using
logical procedures c. Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support
analysis, reflection, and research. (CCSS: W.8.9)

Learning Styles Engaged:

- Musical-rhythmic because students can listen to music during work time
- Visual-spatial because students will be working with a color-coded template and be able
to see the written agenda, calendar, and learning target
- Verbal-linguistic because students will be contributing to group discussion
- Logical-mathematical because students will use evidence and reasoning during Peer
- Bodily-kinesthetic because students will go to the SmartBoard at the start of class, then
participate in a Snowball Fight which involves standing and tossing paper
- Interpersonal because students will be contributing to group discussion and providing
each other with written feedback
- Intrapersonal because most of class will involve quiet, independent work time

- Students on certain learning plans will be able to work in Starrs office on her computer.
Other students are able to use tools such as talk-to-text and typing helpers.


(3 min.) Open up yesterdays work. Using textual evidence (quotes) was required for the
deeper level analysis questions. Review how to include quotes.
- Non-example: Quote just plopped in Next examples can be used to fix this
- Example one: Quote then idea.
- Example two: Idea then quote.
- Point out embedded format and conventions.

(3 min.) Self-check your own quotes, make changes, ask peers if confused or to help check
your work.
(3 min.) Table-talk: Why use evidence or quotes in the first place?

(5 min.) Evidence will key in our conversations today during World Cafe.
- Start at current tables.
- Someone rereads the prompt
- Everybody shares
- Everybody asks for evidence in form of a direct quote
- Discuss questions _-_ in __ minutes (use time wisely)
- Every person must contribute
- Add on to your own work as new ideas or pieces of evidence arise in a different color,
font, etc. I want to see clearly your individual thinking from yesterday and your new
thinking from today
- Even if you agree, ask each other: Where is your evidence? Then prove it! (You
should have the story open in case you need to find evidence and add to their work.)
- Do you agree? Is there another interpretation?
- This will become more valuable later on with the deeper level questions
- When time is up, I will give you directions for traveling around the world

(5 min.) First station, questions 1-6

Share out

(1 min.) Rotation directions:

- All but one person from each table rotates clockwise (everyone will stay put at least
twice throughout the Cafe time, person must volunteer to stay)
- 20 second transition time, wait quietly until transition is UP (quiet 20 seconds or redo)
- Start into next questions right away

(10 min.) Question 7

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(10 min.) Question 8

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(10 min.) Question 9

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(10 min.) Question 10

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(10 min.) Question 11

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(10 min.) Question 12

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(10 min.) Question 13

Share out record on the SmartBoard, hint that students should refer back to these abstract
ideas for the next question

(10 min.) Question 14

Share out

Cheat: Deception, horrors of war, rationality of war, futility of war, situational irony (something
we are not expecting happens)