Archive for August 8, 2019

World Lit: Cultural Identity 4 – I Remember


  • ELAGSE9-10W3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences. Georgia ELA
    • ELAGSE9-10W3.a Engage and orient the reader by setting out a problem, situation, or observation, establishing one or multiple point(s) of view, and introducing a narrator and/or characters; create a smooth progression of experiences or events. Georgia ELA
    • ELAGSE9-10W3.b Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, reflection, and multiple plot lines, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters. Georgia ELA
    • ELAGSE9-10W3.c Use a variety of techniques to sequence events so that they build on one another to create a coherent whole. Georgia ELA
    • ELAGSE9-10W3.d Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters. Georgia ELA
    • ELAGSE9-10W3.e Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on what is experienced, observed, or resolved over the course of the narrative. Georgia ELA

Learning Target
I can draft a narrative about my childhood that reveals my cultural identity.

Opening Session
Think of your most vivid childhood memory! Take a few minutes to come up with a good one, then I’ll call on a few volunteers to share. I’ll share mine first to get us started 🙂

We’re going to be writing an essay about our own personal cultural identities over the next couple days. Ultimately, these will be your essay requirements:

Write a narrative essay that shows your personal cultural identity through story. You may use the “I remember…” format given in class, or you may choose your own structure.

Your essay should be approximately 500 words, written in MLA format (Times New Roman 12, double spaced, MLA header) and turned in electronically to your teacher through Google Drive.

Work Session
I’ve got a drafting sheet for all to get started with today! The basic prompt we’re working with is pretty simple:

  • I remember…
  • I remember…
  • I remember…
  • But mostly I remember…

You’re going to spend the day doing a brainstorm/brain  dump/journal entry using that prompt. You should include sensory details such as sights, sounds, and smells. This draft will ultimately become your cultural identity narrative, so as you write, consider how the stories we have read this week revealed the characters’ cultural identities, and try to do the same thing in your own writing.

Closing Session
Exchange your draft with a partner and read your buddy’s writing. Give your partner some feedback on their writing, making at least two comments on things they did well, and two comments on things they could improve.

Summative (essay will be a major grade)

Process (scaffolded essay prompt or framework)

AP Lit: Story of an Hour, Day 1


  • RL.11-12.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.) Common Core State Standards English
  • RL.11-12.5 Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact. Common Core State Standards English
  • RL.11-12.6 Analyze a case in which grasping point of view requires distinguishing what is directly stated in a text from what is really meant (e.g., satire, sarcasm, irony, or understatement). Common Core State Standards English

Scholars will be able to identify irony in a text and critically read a short text

Warm Up
What is irony (Define three types) DefineTheme. Define POV. Define Author’s purpose.

Discuss, have you ever had anyone you know die? How did you feel about it?

Work Session
Read and Discuss The story of an Hour (Chopin) on page 32. Read through italicized text as well. Discussing metaphors and irony. Answer questions as a class:

Closing Session
Consider: What was ironic about the story?

Assessment Strategies

Mixed group pairings. Students will be able to work alone if they feel more comfortable with it.