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Essential Questions to Frame the Reading:
In the context of this story, what does it mean to be grown up?
What does this story reveal about the adult world?
1) Distribute copies of "Sleeping" by Katharine Weber. Available at this link:
2) Frame the first reading by introducing the essential questions, and previewing the expectations for annotating the text. Students should pay close attention to the details of the short story. (2 min)
3) After the first read, ask students to retell the action of the story to a partner. (2 min)
4) Close read: Read the first post-reading question aloud. Ask students to identify specific places in the text that might give the reader clues to help answer this question. (5 min)
5) Students may complete the post-reading questions in partners or groups. (20 min)
6) Final discussion: Give students 10 minutes to prepare for the class discussion. (10 min)
7) Lead a class discussion, using the questions available at CommonLit.org. (10 min)