Tag Archive for memoir

World Lit: Argumentation in “An Indian Father’s Plea”

Standard: ELAGSE9-10RI6 Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how an author uses rhetoric to advance that point of view or purpose.

Learning Target: I can analyze the structure of an argument and how an author builds their argument.

Opening Session: Cherokee Language

Work Session: Today we’re reading a story called “An Indian Father’s Plea,” and although I know we’ve read a lot about India, this is actually about Native Americans, so switch your mode of thinking!!

After we read this text (which is long!) I want you guys to consider your own beginnings – your first days of kindergarten. Think back to that time in your life, and using the same argumentation techniques that Lake used in his letter, write a letter about yourself going into Kindergarten.

You’ll have the rest of the class to do this!

Closing Session: VOCAB QUIZ!!! AND BOOK CHECK!

Assessment: Formal – vocab quiz, Informal – book check

Differentiation: Process (scaffolding), Interest (student life)

World Lit: By Any Other Name

Standard: ELAGSE9-10RI1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

Learning Target: I can analyze cultural elements in a memoir in order to infer how cultural identity is central to the meaning of a work.

Opening Session: To give you some background images to keep in your mind, check out this trailer for a movie set in India, Slumdog Millionaire:

Work Session: Welcome back to class! Today we’re going to kick it off by reading a memoir called “By Any Other Name.” This is kind of a long one, so we will go through and read together as a class, stopping to discuss as usual.

After we finish reading, we’re going to do the language checkpoint on page 51 in your text. This one is all about parallel structure, which is another one of those things you probably use without even realizing it. Cool!

Closing Session: Thank the sub and clean up the room, please!

World Lit: Struggling with Identity: Rethinking Persona

Standard: ELAGSE9-10RI3 Analyze how the author unfolds an analysis or series of ideas or events, including the order in which the points are made, how they are introduced and developed, and the connections that are drawn between them.

Learning Target: I can analyze how an author’s persona relates to audience and purpose.

Opening Session: Let’s review the metacognitive markers, because you will use them for this lesson!

Work Session: Open your Springboards to page 159! Today you will be reading an excerpt from a memoir (another genre option for your EA1!) called “The Hunger of Memory” by Richard Rodriguez.

After we finish reading, I want you guys to do the Second Read questions, specifically focusing on the allusions and their meanings. When we’re done with the questions, we will do the Language and Writer’s Craft box together.

Closing Session:

New vocab words!

  1. Querulous
  2. Disgruntled
  3. Translucent
  4. Resistant
  5. Gelled
  6. Dollop
  7. Alienation
  8. Assimilated
  9. Dupe
  10. Pieties

Assessment: Informal – book check

Differentiation: Process (scaffolding)

World Lit: Cultural Narrative

Standard: ELAGSE9-10RI1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

Learning Target: I can analyze a narrative and identity key narrative components.

Opening Session: What’s a memoir? Let’s work together to figure out a working definition of a memoir. Can you think of any famous memoirs?

Work Session: Today we’re going to read an excerpt from the memoir Funny in Farsi by Firoozah Dumas. You guys will be reading the story today, and then I want to give you some time to work on the Second Read questions from the book. This is actually a really hilarious story, and I really hope you enjoy it!

Closing Session: VOCAB REVIEW!!!

1.      Drift

2.      Anaphora

3.      Facilitate

4.      Prestigious

5.      Sole

6.      Attributes

7.      Progressive

8.      Negated

9.      Eloquence

Assessment: Informal – book check

Differentiation: Process (scaffolded questions)

World Lit: Argumentation in “An Indian Father’s Plea”

Standard: ELAGSE9-10RI6 Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how an author uses rhetoric to advance that point of view or purpose.

Learning Target: I can analyze the structure of an argument and how an author builds their argument.

Opening Session: Cherokee Language

Work Session: Today we’re reading a story called “An Indian Father’s Plea,” and although I know we’ve read a lot about India, this is actually about Native Americans, so switch your mode of thinking!!

After we read this text (which is long!) I want you guys to consider your own beginnings – your first days of kindergarten. Think back to that time in your life, and using the same argumentation techniques that Lake used in his letter, write a letter about yourself going into Kindergarten.

You’ll have the rest of the class to do this!

Closing Session: VOCAB QUIZ!!! AND BOOK CHECK!

Assessment: Formal – vocab quiz, Informal – book check

Differentiation: Process (scaffolding), Interest (student life)