Lesson Plan Title : The Circuit

Age Range: Grade 9 through grade 12 (High School)

Objectives: Students will be able to read the novel, "The Circuit" which includes an engaging plot, effectively developed characters, dialogue, and a clearly developed theme. Students will be able to understand the meaning of theme and will apply such comprehension to an evaluation of the story. Students will be able to show comprehension of the story by responding to questions and by completing various exercises on the concept of immigration covered by the story. Students will be able to compare and contrast two poems that were covered and analyzed in class on the previous week.

Key vocabulary: Compare, contrast, mood, tone, subject, purpose, audience, and, occasion.


dictionary, thesaurus, line paper, pen, pencil, markers, Literature textbook, construction paper, magazines, scissors, glue stick, teacher generated, worksheets, and transparencies


The teacher will direct students through activities that will allow students to evaluate their generated predictions about the story. The teacher will lecture on immigration, which is the theme of the story, to build prior knowledge and to allow the students to make connections with text. . The teacher will prepare a presentation on the vocabulary words of the week. The teacher will guide students into the reading of the story, "The Circuit" and into the evaluation of theme in the same story. In addition, the teacher will lead students into sketching various scenes from the story to assist students with visualization. The teacher will generate and present handouts that will allow students to define and identify vocabulary terms. Similarly, the teacher will design and implement activities that will allow students to write the rough draft of their compare and contrast essay.


Extended time will be given to students who need it. Various scaffolding techniques will be utilized for students requiring extra help, including "chunking" of assignments and one on one teaching.