Unit 1: Fitting In

Unit One: Fitting In

We all struggle with fitting in, at times.

How do I fit in?

Health and Social Education


Reading: 

Structures Patterns of Meaning

 

Description:

The three stories in this unit will strike different emotional chords in readers. The first “Broken Chain,” is a hopeful tale about a young boy's first love. The second, “Flowers for Algernon,” is a poignant story about a young man who faces the challenges of mental retardation. The third, “The Landlady,” is a bone-chilling thriller that may shock readers.

In addition to reading three short stories, students will also read Stargirl, by Jerry Spinelli. While reading the novel students will be exploring the craft of personal narrative as well as assessing themselves and how they fit in.

Finally, the unit closes with opportunities for students to write their own personal narratives on the subject of fitting in.

Students will also be exploring how other languages “fit in” to the English language.

Standards:

3.2 Evaluate the structural elements of the plot, the plot's development, and the way in which conflicts are (or are not) addressed and resolved.

 

1.2 Understand the most important points in the history of English language, and use common word origins to determine the historical influences on English word meanings.

 

In Class Readings:

“Broken Chain”

“Flowers for Algernon”

"The Landlady”

Stargirl

Writing/ Listening & Speaking:

Personal Narrative

 

Description:

In this unit students will write a personal narrative detailing an event in their life where they did or did not fit in. They will also learn how to: organize ideas in chronological order, choose relevant details, chose precise words, and punctuate dialogue correctly.

The unit will end with students presenting an oral narrative. While working on oral narratives students will be identifying differences between oral and written narratives, selecting an appropriate story to tell, creating notes and delivering an effective oral presentation.

 

Standards:

W2.1 Write autobiographies or narratives.

L&S2.1 Deliver narrative presentations.

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