World Lit: What Is Cultural Identity?

Standards
ELAGSE9-10RI2 Determine a central idea of a text and 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. Georgia ELA

Objective
Students will compare and contrast how a central idea of a text is developed in an informational text and a personal essay.

Opening Session
Let’s make a circle map! I’m going to write the word CULTURE on the board in big letters, and around it, let’s add all the things we can think of that go into someone’s culture. Every word or phrase that you associate with culture, let’s get it on the board!

Culture is a BIG concept, and it encompasses lots of things and ideas. Remember that your embedded assessment for this unit will be writing about your own cultural identity, so hopefully this circle map helps you see just how much goes into explaining your culture to someone.

Work Session

Today we’re going to be reading, comparing, and contrasting two pieces on the same topic: Cultural Identity. Are you noticing a theme here? The first is an informational text called “What Is Cultural Identity?” and the second is called “Ethnic Hash.” We’re going to read each piece twice – the first one, I’ll read it, then you’ll go back through and reread and do the questions; the second one, I’ll have a volunteer read, then you’ll go back and do the Second Read questions.

Closing Session
Let’s do the “Check Your Understanding” activity on page 17 in your book, creating a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast the two pieces we read today and summarize our class discussion.

Assessment
Formative check of venn diagrams

Differentiation
Process (scaffolded writing, volunteers)

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