American Lit: A Hyphenated American

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.

ELAGSE11-12RI5: Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the structure an author uses in his or her exposition or argument including whether the structure makes points clear, convincing, and engaging.

Learning Target: I can analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the structure of an expository text.

Opening Session: Hyphenated Americans from Halt the Hyphen

Work Session: Welcome back! Today we’re going to talk about the idea of hyphenated Americans. As in, Japanese-America. Which, coincidentally, is what we’re reading about today! So let’s get into the text on page 37: “Growing Up Asian In America” by Kesaya E. Noda. I’m going to read the first 2 paragraphs aloud and we will talk about it. For the second section, “I Am Radically Japanese,” I would like for you to read it at your tables. For the third, you will read independently.

After our reading, I want you to spend some time working on the Second Read questions, and while you do so, formulate a stance on this question: Should there be such a thing as “hyphenated American,” or should we all be just “American”?

Closing Session: Choose your side and get onto opposite sides of my tape line – let’s have a debate! Explain your side, and respond to your peers!

Assessment: Informal – class debate, Second Read question check

Differentiation: Process (scaffolding, chunked reading)

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