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World Lit: Impromptu Exit

Standard:

  • ELAGSE9-10RL3 Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.

Learning Target: I will analyze Nora’s decision at the end of A Doll’s House and how her character develops the theme of the play regarding women’s changing roles in society.

Activator: A scene from Gilmore Girls when Christopher’s wife Sherry goes to Paris and leaves Chris and Gigi behind – Season 5, episode 6, starting at 22 minutes.

Work Session: Today we finish the play!!!!! YAY! I need readers for:

Nora
Helmer
Maid

As we finish up reading and consider the ending of the play, I want to focus specifically on this quote:

Helmer. It’s shocking. This is how you would neglect your most sacred duties.

Nora. What do you consider my most sacred duties?

Helmer. Do I need to tell you that? Are they not your duties to your husband and your children?

Nora. I have other duties just as sacred.

Helmer. That you have not. What duties could those be?

Nora. Duties to myself.

Helmer. Before all else, you are a wife and a mother.

Nora. I don’t believe that any longer. I believe that before all else I am a reasonable human being, just as you are–or, at all events, that I must try and become one. I know quite well, Torvald, that most people would think you right, and that views of that kind are to be found in books; but I can no longer content myself with what most people say, or with what is found in books. I must think over things for myself and get to understand them.

And now I want to ask you what you think.

Nora made an incredible decision to leave her husband and her children. This is something that simply wasn’t done in her time period, and even today it’s rare that a mother will leave her kids behind. When it does happen, it’s generally frowned upon. Write a short impromptu essay of about 3-5 paragraphs: Why did Nora decide to leave/abandon her husband and children? Do you think she made the right decision?

This essay will be due at the end of class!

Closing Session: Share Out! First with a partner, then with the class – what’s your opinion on the ending of the play?

Differentiation: Process (Varied length reading parts); product (essay length modification)

Assessment: Impromptu essays may be graded.

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World Lit: A Proper Tuesday

Standard: 

  • ELAGSE9-10RL3 Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.

Learning Target: I will analyze how the complex character of Nora develops the theme that women’s roles in society are changing.

Activator: I think some of you can probably relate to this struggle…. Grown Woman Dresses According to High School Dress Codes For a Week

Work Session: Ok, you guessed it, back to the play! A Doll’s House Act III part 1! I need readers for:

Mrs. Linde
Krogstad
Nora
Helmer
Rank

What do you think is about to happen? Is Helmer going to find out what Nora did? How will he react? We’ll come back to this later for our TOTD…

After reading, I’ll need a couple volunteers. One of you step outside and one of you step up to the board. Draw me a stick figure of a high school girl wearing a skirt. Make sure you note what you think the “proper” skirt length is. Now I’ll cover it and we’ll see what the other student draws…..can you defend your drawing? Why did you choose that length?

Where does that length fall on this image? And what do you notice about all the words on this image – what do they mean? Do they have a negative or positive connotation?

Interesting, isn’t it? Let’s take that discussion into our TOTD.

Closing Session: Write a short paragraph: Do you think there’s such a thing as “proper” or “appropriate” when it comes to how women dress or act? What about for men? Do you think Nora is being “improper” to have taken out a loan and hidden it from her husband? Do you think wearing a too-short skirt to school makes a high school student “improper”?

Differentiation: Process (Varied length reading parts); learning style (Visual imagery, kinesthetic activity)

Assessment: Formative checks during reading, TOTD may be graded

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World Lit: We Need Feminism Because…

Standard:

  • ELAGSE9-10RI7 Analyze various accounts of a subject told in different mediums (e.g., a person’s life story in print and multimedia), determining which details are emphasized in each account.

Learning Target: I will analyze various accounts of why people identify as feminists to determine which details are commonly emphasized.

Activator: 

NEW WORDS!

  1.  Jauntily- lively, carefree manner
  2.    Petty- not important
  3.  Intolerable- unbearable; painful; cruel
  4. tactless – unskilled in dealing with people
  5. tarantella- a lively whirling intallian dance for two people
  6. excruciating – cause intense mental or bodily pain
  7. retribution- punishment; revenge
  8. disreputable- not fit to be seen or approved
  9.   rubbish- nonsensical (talk or writing)
  10.   slander- attack the good name and reputation

VOCAB QUIZ!!!!! and then a lovely video 🙂

Work Session: Welcome to Friday!! Today we’re going to read the end of Act II in A Doll’s Housewhich means we will need the following characters:

Nora
Rank
Maid
Krogstad
Mrs. Linde
Helmer

This is really setting us up for the big finale in act III – what do you think Nora is going to do to solve her problem? Write a quick prediction paragraph (this can be turned in later as your TOTD)!

Next up, let’s check out this gallery: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/06/20/why-cambridge-needs-feminism_n_3471562.html

What do you think of these signs? I hope you like them, because I’d like for you to make one! We’re going to create our own little Why I Need Feminism gallery. I’ll snap a pic of everyone with their signs, and then set it to music. We’ll watch the video next week!

Closing Session: Predictive paragraph TOTD; take photos of We Need Feminism signs

Differentiation: Process (varied length reading parts)

Assessment: TOTD could be graded, formative checks while reading

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World Lit: The Problem with Female Protagonists

Standard:

  • 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.

Learning Target: Students will examine an article about the prevalence of female protagonists in literature, determining the author’s central idea of the text.

Activator: Metroid Prime Gameplay Trailer – did you know it’s a woman inside that suit?

Work Session: Today we’re going to begin by reading the first half of Act II of A Doll’s House. I’ll need readers for the following characters:

Nora
Nurse
Mrs. Linde
Helmer

After we read today’s section of the play, let’s do a little exercise. Grab a sheet of paper and make a list of all the stories you can remember reading EVER – be it kids’ books, picture books, books you’ve read in school, ANY book you’ve EVER read – who have a FEMALE protagonist (remember, a protagonist is the person you root for – the main character of the story).

You have five minutes.

How many were you able to list?

I’ve got this article I want everyone to look at, entitled “The Problem with Female Protagonists“. Read and annotate this article, and then we’ll go through it together as a class.

Closing Session: How do you feel about what this author has to say about female protagonists? Do you agree with her assessment? Write a short paragraph of 5-7 sentences explaining how you feel as our TOTD.

Assessment: TOTDs will be graded, formative checks while reading.

Differentiation: Process (various length reading parts)

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World Lit: A Doll House, Sexism in the Media

Standard:

  • ELAGSE9-10RI8 Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is valid and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; identify false statements and fallacious reasoning.

Learning Target: I will evaluate the specific claims in an article I find online, determining whether there is a bias towards or against women in the article I found.

Activator: Olympic coverage criticized for sexism

Work Session: Welcome back to class, everyone! I hope everyone had a good weekend 🙂

Today we’re going to continue reading A Doll’s House, act I part 2 – through the end of the act (that’s pages 955-971 in our textbook if you wondered). I’ll need readers for the following parts:

Nora
Mrs. Linde
Krogstad
Rank
Helmer
The Children (3 people)
Nurse

After we finish reading and discussing the play for today, we’re going to check out this article: The 14 Most Sexist Moments in the Olympics (So Far). As you know, the 2016 Olympics were in Rio, and they got a lot of coverage on the news for how the female athletes were treated. You might even have heard about it. But it’s not just limited to the Olympic coverage – sexism in the media is EVERYWHERE. So after we go through this list together, I want you to pull our your phone or jump on a computer in the classroom and find another example of sexism in the media. You might find sexist news coverage, in the way a criminal is sentenced, or in the words of a celebrity on social media.

Closing Session: For your TOTD, write down the address of your sexist thing you found online and turn it in. We will also bounce around the class and share what we found!

Assessment: TOTDs can be graded, formative checks during read alouds.

Differentiation: Process (varied length reading parts), Interest (students find their own examples online)

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