ELA 8 – 1.3

They Were Wrong

S.C.O.s
1.1 synthesize others’ ideas to clarify and extend their understanding
3.1 consistently demonstrate active listening and respectful concern

Resources
Make ‘Em Laugh – David Silverberg (poem)
Click here to download > EText – Make ‘Em Laugh

To This Day – Shayne Koczan (spoken word)
Click here to download EText – To This Day

Part 1: Laughter is the Best Medicine

Banner Outcome 1.3 Make 'em Laugh

Before Reading

Check out this TED TALK from Shayne Koyczan about finding voice and finding identity:

During Reading

Embed yourself into the poem. What would say to a friend like the narrator or the other characters in “Make ‘Em Laugh”?

After Reading

Complete the question sheet for Make ‘Em Laugh

Part 2: Sticks and Stones

Banner Outcome 1.3 To This Day

Before Reading

Watch Shayne’s spoken word poem about Canada. This poetic effort has much upbeat tone compared to “To This Day”.
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During Reading

Watch carefully the work of the animators as Shayne reads his poem.

After Reading

Complete the question sheet for To This Day