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World Lit: Things Fall Apart, Day 8

Guess what? IT’S ALMOST THANKSGIVING BREAK!!!!!!!

Standard: ELAGSE9-10RL1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

Learning Target: I can cite evidence to support my opinion of Things Fall Apart.

Opening Session: VOCAB QUIZ!!!

Work Session: We are finishing the book today!! I would like you to read chapter 23-the end of the book on your own. As you read, consider how it ends, and then, let’s take a look at this ending:

“As he walked back to the court he thought about that book. Every day brought him some new material. This story of a man who had killed a messenger and hanged himself would make interesting reading. One could almost write a whole chapter on him. Perhaps not a whole chapter but a reasonable paragraph, at any rate. There was so much to include, and one must be firm in cutting out details. He had already chosen the title of the book, after much thought: The Pacification of the Primitive Tribes of the Lower Niger.”

Okay, so there are a few questions I want you to consider:

  1. Why is it ironic that the Commissioner at the end of the book thinks that Okonkwo’s life would make “a reasonable paragraph” in his book?
  2. Why is it ironic that Achebe includes the phrase “one must be firm in cutting out details”?
  3. What do you think the title of the Commissioner’s proposed book reveals about Things Fall Apart?

After you consider these questions, put yourself in the mindset of the Commissioner and write the “reasonable paragraph” about Okonkwo’s life. Consider all the grand and epic details you know about his life, his culture, his mindset, and then consider how the Europeans came and destroyed so much of what Okonkwo and his people held dear. How would you distill all that into a “reasonable paragraph” from the conquering European’s perspective?

Closing Session: Share out!

Assessment: Informal (paragraph check)

Differentiation: Process (scaffolding)

 

 

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American Lit: EOC Countdown: 2 days left!

Standard: ELAGSE11-12RI1 – Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.  

Learning Target: I can cite strong evidence from a text.

Opening Session: Test Taking Strategies: All or None answers

Work Session:  Today we are going to start by doing an EOC review packet together! Check this one out:

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After we go over one together, I want to give you another packet to complete on your own. I will give you a few minutes to work on this by yourself, and then we will go over it together.

Closing Session: Reflect: What can I do to help you prepare for the EOC? What should I plan to do next week on Monday and Tuesday?

Assessment: Informal (class discussions)

Differentiation: Process (Scaffolding)

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American Lit: EOC Countdown: 3 days left!

Standard: ELAGSE11-12RI1 – Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.  

Learning Target: I can cite strong evidence from a text.

Opening Session: Test Taking Strategies: Tricky Words (aka Game Changers)

Work Session:  Today we are going to start by doing an EOC review packet together! Check this one out:

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After we go over one together, I want to give you another packet to complete on your own. I will give you a few minutes to work on this by yourself, and then we will go over it together.

Closing Session: Write your own EOC question for the passage you read today and challenge a partner to answer it!

Assessment: Informal (class discussions)

Differentiation: Process (Scaffolding)

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World Lit: Things Fall Apart, Day 7

Standard: ELAGSE9-10RL1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

Learning Target: I can cite evidence to make a conclusion about Things Fall Apart.

Opening Session: Things Fall Apart, Ala Shmoop (another one!)

Work Session: Guess what we’re doing today? That’s right! Plugging away at Things Fall Apart! Today we will be reading chapters 20-22. As you read today, I want you to keep the idea of gender roles in mind and how Onkonkwo specifically and also his clan as a whole view men, women, and their rules in society.

After you finish reading on your own, I want you make a claim about gender roles in Things Fall Apart. That is, come up with some statement that says something about how the gender roles are or are portrayed in this book. Then, find 3 quotes from the book that provide evidence of your claim. For example, you might claim, “Women are thought of as weaker than men, but in many ways they are stronger.” Then you would find 3 quotes that show women being strong.

Closing Session: VOCAB REVIEW!

Assessment: Informal (quote pull check)

Differentiation: Process (Scaffolding)

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American Lit: EOC Countdown: 4 days left!

Standard: ELAGSE11-12RI1 – Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.  

Learning Target: I can cite strong evidence from a text.

Opening Session: Test Taking Strategies: Work Backwards

Work Session:  Today we are going to start by doing an EOC review packet together! Check this one out:

AmLitFormAssRI2

After we go over one together, I want to give you another packet to complete on your own. I will give you a few minutes to work on this by yourself, and then we will go over it together.

Closing Session: Share out! How are you feeling about the EOC? Put your name on a sticky and put your sticky on the scale on the board, showing me how you’re feeling.

Assessment: Informal (class discussions)

Differentiation: Process (Scaffolding)

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