World Lit: Perspectives on Heritage, Day 2

Standard: ELAGSE9-10RL2 Determine a theme or central idea of text and closely analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

Learning Target: I can analyze a poem and a short story for the authors’ use of literary devices to explain how specific stylistic choices support the development of tone and theme.

Opening Session: Crumb Quilts

Work Session: Today we’re going to be reading a more about quilts – this is another story I remember reading in high school, and it stuck with me all this time. The name of it is “Everyday Use,” by Alice Walker. We will read together through paragraph 42 today.

I also want to show you guys a quilt my grandmother made for me. She died when I was a freshman in high school, and her quilts are one of my most vivid memories of her. All the grandchildren have quilts, most of us with baby quilts as well as queen-size bed quilts that we’ve either inherited or that are waiting to be passed down to us. My mom still has mine, which is made with scraps of clothing that Meemaw wore, my mom wore, and I wore as a little girl. Even if I overlooked the fact that my grandmother’s hands moved over this fabric inch by inch, quilting it by hand on her giant loop, her fingers pulling each stitch – even if I overlooked all that, it would still be hard to put fabric that three generations of women in my family wore out on my bed every day. It is, in a word, irreplaceable. So instead, we keep them safely tucked away in a cedar box, and never look at them.

It’s hard to know which way is better, really.

Anyway, after we read today we will do the second read questions 1-6 🙂

Closing Session: Vocab QUIZ!

Assessment: Informal – second read questions

Differentiation: Process (scaffolded questions), Interest (students choose their own family artifacts)

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