High School Unit: The American Dream

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High School Unit: The American Dream

This is a four week unit in which students will analyze the American Dream in literature, music, and television. Possible in-class assignments: quick writes, journal entries, peer editing, class and group discussions, body biographies, presentations, quizzes, and a unit exam. Possible assignments completed outside of class: vocabulary, parent survey on the American Dream, essay, and presentation. Students will be complete a digital final project that will be presented on the last three days of the unit. Students will use glogster.com to create their digital presentation. Common Core Standards- RL.11-12.1 Cite strong and through textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inference from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.- RL.11-12.2 Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text, including how the interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.- RL.11-12.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choice on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or languages that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful.-RL.11-12.7 Analyze multiple interpretations of a story, drama, or poem (e.g., recorded or live production of a play or recorded novel or poetry), evaluating how each version interprets the course texts ( including at least one play by Shakespeare and one play by American dramatist). - RL.11-12.9 Demonstrate knowledge of eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth - century foundation works of American literature, including how two or more texts from the same period treat similar themes or topics.- W.11-12.1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence. - W.11-12.6 Use technology, including the internet to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.- W.11-12.10 Write over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorted time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes.- SL.11-12.1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussion ( one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others; ideas and expressing their own and persuasively.- SL.11-12.5 Make use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical. audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings and evidence and to add interest.-L.11-12.1 Demonstrate command of the conversation of Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking. -L.11-12.2 Demonstrate command of the English of Standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.-L.11-12.4 Determine or clarify the multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grades 11-12 reading and content, choosing flexible from a range of strategies. -

The American Dream: 11th grade teaching unit

1. F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby2. Lorraine Hansberry: "A Raisin in the Sun"3. Select poems by Langston Hughes: "Dreams", "Let America be America", "Harlem" A Dream Deferred"4. Pursuit of Happiness5. "The Joneses"6. "We Were Poor but I Didn't Know"

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" -- The Declaration of Independence

Possible Anchor Text & Supplementary Text

Use in class as introduction to unit.

use for quick write



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