There are themes to be found in almost everything we read. Charles Dickens’ novel, A Tale of Two Cities, is no different. In this lesson, students will research the various themes found within the novel. Then, students will gather in small groups to participate in a “talk show” to present and debate the various themes.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text. (Common Core State Standards: ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.2)
  • Students will initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively. (Common Core State Standards: ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.1)


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