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Unit Plan for Literature: To Kill a Mockingbird

The development of the following unit of study to be mainly within the English classroom, can be greatly augmented by supporting activities in the other classes; for example, the math teacher could discuss the concept of cost of living to bolster the conversion from 1930s economy to contemporary finances, and the social studies teacher could discuss the Great Depression, World War II, and the court system, all of which are included to some degree within the English teacher's unit plan.

Includes Unit topics, print materials and internet resources needed, standards, understandings, essential questions, knowledge and skills addressed, context of use, and several performance tasks in teaching a piece of literature.

Stage 1: Identify Desired Results
Stage 2: Determine Acceptable Evidence

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The development of the following unit of study to be mainly within the English classroom, can be greatly augmented by supporting activities in the other classes; for example, the math teacher could discuss the concept of cost of living to bolster the conversion from 1930s economy to contemporary finances, and the social studies teacher could discuss the Great Depression, World War II, and the court system, all of which are included to some degree within the English teacher's unit plan.
Includes Unit topics, print materials and internet resources needed, standards, understandings, essential questions, knowledge and skills addressed, context of use, and several performance tasks in teaching a piece of literature.
Stage 1: Identify Desired Results
Stage 2: Determine Acceptable Evidence

Unit title: Grade 10 Language Arts
Unit focus: Study of novel To Kill A Mockingbird
Topics: Social, ethical, and human issues; basic language arts operations and concepts
Summary: Students will learn about how life in America in the mid-1930's was quite different from today. They will research some facts for comparison. Students will read about a small family in rural Alabama as it deals with racial tension during a trial of a black man accused of raping a white woman. The students will critically analyze the events within the novel and make judgments about the people and the choices they made. The students will be involved in many discussions about where prejudice originates and the repercussions of it. The students will use their ideas and opinions brought from this novel to improve their writing skills as they interpret different aspects of the characters.
Print materials needed: copies of novel To Kill a Mockingbird
Internet resource links:
http://www.thepastisablast.com/funfacts/fun_facts_1930s.htm
Stage 1: Identify Desired Results
State: Standard
# 10.1.2
# 10.7.7
#10.3.3, 10.3.12, 10.3.11, 10.3.4
Title: Indiana Standards and Resources
10.1 READING: Word Recognition, Fluency, and Vocabulary Development
10.3 READING: Comprehension and Analysis of Literary Text
10.7 LISTENING AND SPEAKING: Skills, Strategies, and Applications
Descriptions:
10.1.2 Distinguish between what words mean literally and what they imply, and interpret what words imply.
10.7.7 Make judgments about the ideas under discussion and support these judgments with convincing evidence.
10.3.12 Analyze the way in which a work of literature is related to the themes and issues of its historical period.
10.3.11 Evaluate the aesthetic qualities of style, including the impact of diction and figurative language on tone, mood, and theme.
10.3.3 Evaluate interactions between characters in a literary text and explain the way those ...

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The development of the following unit of study to be mainly within the English classroom, can be greatly augmented by supporting activities in the other classes; for example, the math teacher could discuss the concept of cost of living to bolster the conversion from 1930s economy to contemporary finances, and the social studies teacher could discuss the Great Depression, World War II, and the court system, all of which are included to some degree within the English teacher's unit plan.

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