Resilence: Overcoming Obstacles (short non-fiction texts)
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Big Question: How do you define strength?


This unit explores classic and modern short stories, speeches, etc. MOST of which are non-fiction.  Frequent reading checks/quizzes, graphic organizers, discussions, and assignments will check for understanding.  All of the non-fiction texts will focus on people who overcame a great obstacle in a variety of areas (i.e. physical challenges, racism, religous persecution, etc). Below is an overview of the unit components; not all individual assignments are listed. 

 

 


 


 

Reading Selections:

MOST of the selections are NON-fiction 

 

  • "Hope, Despair, and Memory" by Ellie Wisel

     
  • "Keep the Memory Alive" by Ellie Wiesel  from text
     
  • "Desert Exile: The Uprooting of a Japanese American Family" from text
     
  • "Joy Luck Club" and "The Red Candle"
     
  • "Everest" from text UNLESS this was already read in the short story unit
     
  • IN ADDITION, we will have a TIMED Non-fiction essay and related assessment that will not be posted online.

 

* Denote readings from our textbook

 

 

Primary Assessments and Activities:


Questions from our text book, related online activities, mini-presentations, and group discussions

Web Quest on Japanese Internment Camps -- Click Here to Learn More!  

Video Clip on Internment Camps

A look at BIG questions raised in the particular stories as well as the overall unit

Graphic Organizers

Quizzes and Test on stories

In Class End of Unit Essay (subject not revealed in advance - subject will vary from hour to hour)

LIT ONLY/CLICK HERE: Report on an Inspirational Person of Your Choice (must focus on early life, obstacles, and successes) 

RHETORICAL DEVICES

PICTURE TALK

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE of the TEXT?
We need to go beyond the basic plot and message of a text and determine its purpose. See this Power Point to help review purpose.

Related Assignment for "Hope, Despair, and Memory"
(paradoxes, theme, purpose, and interpretations)

3 min Video Clip on Elie Wiesel author of "Hope, Despair, and Memory"

Power Point on Ellie Wiesel by Ms. Russell

"Hope, Despair, and Memory" 2nd Read Activity

MINI RESEARCH on CONCENTRATION CAMPS

Venn Diagram Comparing Concentration Camps and Japanese Internment Camps

Questions for Exerpts of Joy Luck Club

JOY LUCK CLUB: APPRECIATING CULTURAL DIFFERENCES AND CULTURAL PRESSURES

REVIEW ASSIGNMENT on ALL TEXTS to PREPARE for IN CLASS ESSAY

COMPARING a STORY TOLD IN TWO MEDIUMS ("Joy Luck Club")
Students will evaluate the director's decisions and determine the impact of those decisions when viewing a 9 1/2 min clip from the movie Joy Luck Club and comparing that to the written story we read.

End of Unit In Class Essay
Students will compare a poem to one of the stories from our unit. Each class is given a different poem and the poems are NOT revealed in advance.

The unit pages provide a detailed view of what students can expect for each unit.  However, plans will be revised as needed.  See the LESSONS and CALENDARS tab to see exactly how each unit will unfold.