802 Class Agenda #6 – From Babes in Arms 301-305


Timer- “Never Going Back” -Fleetwood Mac (1977, 2:53)

Prompt- Use the following words in a few sentences or a paragraph of your choosing- Contemporary, Consciousness, Distinguish, credence, unpremeditated, unrelenting.

  • Definitions 
  • contemporary- modern; of the present time
  • consciousness- being alert
  • distinguish- to tell apart; to recognize as different
  • credence- believing something is true
  • unpremeditated- not thought out
  • unrelenting- not stopping 
  • SLTs

SLT- I can analyze in detail how childhood wartime experiences had an impact on Beah’s or Ung’s life.

SLT- I can consider how the author introduces, illustrates, and elaborates upon the events.

Directions- When you are finished copying turn to page 300 of your book and begin reading.

5 minutes- Grapple Text- An Excerpt from from “Babes in Arms” by William Boyd from The New York Times Book Review.

  • Read Page 301 on your own.
  • Answer Question 2 in your notebook

Mini Lesson-

Closer look at Question 2

Describe the setting of this story?

  • What is the question asking? 
    • Where does the story take place? and what’s going on?
  • Where am I looking for information and what am I looking for? 
    • Mostly the first paragraph.
    • Words that indicate where the main character is and what’s going on.
  • How do I answer this question?
    • Babes In Arms is a memoir, written from a first person perspective, of a young man’s childhood in wartime Africa.

Class Work-

  • Read Pages 301-305
  • Answer questions in your notebook.
    • Questions 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 13
  • If you finish early, work on the other questions?.


-3, 7, 13 Done using ELMO

Exit Ticket- Express whether Boyd feels that people should read Beah’s autobiography. List three details that helped you come to a conclusion about Boyd’s opinion of Beah’s book.

  • HW Reminder– 
  • Homework starts tonight. 30 Minutes of Reading, 2-3 Sentence Reaction/Summary, 1 Page of Independent Writing 

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