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Marriage is a Private Affair (…3…)


  • ELAGSE9-10RL6 Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature.

Activator: The JK Wedding Dance!


Learning Target: I will read “Marriage is a Private Affair” by Chinua Achebe and an article about marriage traditions in Afghanistan, then relate those cultural experiences to my own knowledge of American marriage traditions.

Work Session: Welcome to class, everyone!

I have two questions for you!! It’s written on the board, too –
-What do you think is the most important thing two people need to have a happy marriage?
-Why do you think there are so many traditions surrounding weddings and marriages?

Today we’re going to start off by reading a story from our textbook called “Marriage is a Private Affair.” Flip to page 1329 in your textbook and let’s read it together!!

After we finish reading the story, I want you to take a minute and see if you want to revise your answers to the questions I asked earlier. After you’ve revised if you want to, we’re going to read an article together!


I’m going to give each of you your own copy of the article and a highlighter. While you read it QUIETLY TO YOURSELF I would like you to jot down things that are different from American wedding traditions. If you are from or familiar with another culture’s wedding traditions, you can note things that are different from those traditions, too!

When we finish, we’ll make a double bubble map on the board – wedding traditions in the Afghan culture, wedding traditions in the American culture, and ones that are shared.

Closing Session: Finally, after we’ve double bubbled and compared and contrasted, I want you to write a paragraph reflecting on what we’ve talked about today.

  • What do you think is the most important thing two people need for a happy marriage? Has your answer changed over the course of the two readings we’ve done today?
  • Why do you think people put so much emphasis on a traditional wedding? Does having a traditional wedding change what your marriage will be like?

Write a paragraph that answers those two questions and reflect on WHY we are SO determined to keep those traditions 🙂

That’s it for today, gang!

Assessment: Reflection paragraphs will be graded.

Differentiation: Differentiated reading level of articles (process).


Welcome to Thursday, everyone!!! Anyone else really ready for the weekend?!


Learning Target: Students will read through Act III scene i in Julius Caesar and read and discuss articles on the modern-day #blacklivesmatter civil rights movement.


Work Session: 

Today we will start out by reading!! I believe we need to finish act II, and then we will read act III scene i…which is where Caesar dies. Sorry, Caesar.

After we finish reading today, we’re going to read a couple articles about the new #blacklivesmatter civil rights movement, and about the class struggle in modern America.

First, the class struggle is real:


Second, a new civil rights movement:


After we SQPRRS the articles, we’re going to talk about them as a class. Do you agree? Disagree? Why?

Closing Session:

Ticket out the door: Would you join a protest? What issues are important enough to you personally that would make you get out there?

Differentiation: Articles in 2 different lexiles (process).

Assessment: SQPRRS will be graded.

Brainy, stormy Monday


  • W.9-10.8. Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the usefulness of each source in answering the research question; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.

Learning Target: Students will brainstorm for their essay assignment.

Daily Video:

Welcome back to class everyone! Today we are going to start brainstorming for our essay for this unit. Let’s start by reading this article:

U.S. military planes bring food, water to Iraq

What’s going on in this article? Do you think that’s an example of American imperialism? After we look over that article, let’s talk about our essay and do some brainstorming questions! Here is your essay prompt:

Animal Farm Essay Assignment

Throughout this unit, we have examined the essential question “When is it OK to interfere in someone else’s business?” by looking at several times throughout history when this has happened, and by discussing George Orwell’s book Animal Farm. For our essay, I would like you to examine that question again and formulate a response to one of the following essay prompts (choose one):

  1. If you feel there IS an appropriate time for one country to get involved with another country’s business, explain when this time is. Where do you draw the line between “cultural differences” and “human rights violation”? Is it appropriate for the United States to interfere in the Middle East, where women do not have the same rights as they do in our country? If a country is committing genocide (complete extermination of a group of people – think the Holocaust), would you want the United States to put a stop to it? Since you believe there IS an appropriate time for one country to interfere with another, explain why throughout history countries have NOT interfered with others, even in situations of genocide.
  2. If you feel there IS NOT an appropriate time for one country to get involved with another country’s business, explain why not. What if a country is committing genocide (complete extermination of a group of people – think the Holocaust)? What if a dictator of a country (like Napoleon was on Animal Farm) is doing horrible things to the people that live in his country? Since you believe there IS NOT an appropriate time for one country to interfere with another, explain why throughout history countries HAVE interfered with others, such as the United States getting involved in the Middle Eastern conflicts that have nothing to do with us.

Take a moment and think about those two prompts. Next, I want you to answer these brainstorming questions!

Brainstorming questions!

  1. When a tyrant dictator (aka an evil leader like Napoleon) is killing innocent people in his country, should someone step in and stop them? If so, who?


  1. If someone is committing genocide (killing all of a group of people, like Hitler killed Jewish people during the Holocaust), should someone stop them? If so, who?


  1. When another country is involved in a civil war and not asking for help, should someone step in and volunteer to help? If so, who?


  1. When another country has a very different culture, should someone try to change their culture? If so, who should change them and how should they do it?


  1. If another country doesn’t have very good technology, medicine, or things like clean water and safe food, should someone go help them get these things? If so, who?


  1. If someone tries to get involved in one of the above situations, and the country says “No, we don’t want your help,” should someone keep trying to help them anyway, or should they stop?


  1. When a country has problems of their own, such as poverty or high unemployment, should they focus on fixing their own problems, or should they go help other countries who have bigger issues such as an evil leader?


Once you feel like you have a good handle on your position for this essay prompt (remember, pick a side! Don’t ride the fence!) I would like for you to make an outline for your essay. You’ll hand it in today so I can check it off and tomorrow we will do a draft of the essay in class! Remember, your outline is worth 10% of your essay grade. Don’t lose 10%! Get your outline done today!!!