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World Lit: Things Fall Apart, Day 7

Standard: ELAGSE9-10RL1 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 cite evidence to make a conclusion about Things Fall Apart.

Opening Session: Things Fall Apart, Ala Shmoop (another one!)

Work Session: Guess what we’re doing today? That’s right! Plugging away at Things Fall Apart! Today we will be reading chapters 20-22. As you read today, I want you to keep the idea of gender roles in mind and how Onkonkwo specifically and also his clan as a whole view men, women, and their rules in society.

After you finish reading on your own, I want you make a claim about gender roles in Things Fall Apart. That is, come up with some statement that says something about how the gender roles are or are portrayed in this book. Then, find 3 quotes from the book that provide evidence of your claim. For example, you might claim, “Women are thought of as weaker than men, but in many ways they are stronger.” Then you would find 3 quotes that show women being strong.

Closing Session: VOCAB REVIEW!

Assessment: Informal (quote pull check)

Differentiation: Process (Scaffolding)

Brainstorm Thursday


  • ELAGSE9-10W1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

Learning Target: I will begin brainstorming and collecting quotes for my argumentative essay on The Metamorphosis.

Opening Session: Finishing Alien from yesterday!

Work Session: Ok y’all, let’s get into writing your essay for this unit! Yaaaaay…..

Here’s the skinny:

Metamorphosis Close Reading Essay


Throughout the unit as we have read The Metamorphosis, we have discussed two possibilities for what is going on in the story: either Gregor has really transformed into a monster, or it is all in his head. For this essay, you will choose either “Team Transformation” or “Team Insanity” and argue your side using evidence from the story (quotes) to support your point. You must use at least four quotes from the story. As a reminder, all quotes must have a lead-in (no quote should stand on its own!) and your paper should focus on a single argument (do not switch sides!).


  • MLA Format (MLA heading, size 12 Times New Roman, double spaced)
  • 4 quotes from the story with MLA parenthetical citations
    • All quotes need a LEAD-IN!
  • MLA Works Cited (we will go over this in class)
  • At least 750 words

The first thing we need to do for this essay is write a thesis statement. This is one clear, strong sentence where you state what you’re arguing about and what side you’re on. You can use this stem to help you:

  • In Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, it is clear that the character Gregor (has/has not) actually transformed into a monster, and in fact he is _________________________ ____________________________________________________________.
    • (Examples for the blank:
      • “a giant monstrous vermin, as he is described in the book.”
      • “insane and his troubles are the result of extreme stress.”
      • “nothing more than an overworked and deranged man who has not transformed at all.”
      • “truly experiencing a great, mysterious, and tragic transformation that his family must now learn to cope with.”

Of course, you’re not required to use that stem at all!

After you have your thesis statement, I want to talk about lead-ins. This was an issue with our last essay! I saw a lot of this:

  • Dissatisfaction plays a major role in why communism has reached its high. “When any form of government, whether capitalist or communist, fails to meet the basic needs of its people, civil unrest is bound to follow.” (Why Didn’t Communism Work in Eastern Europe?). The quotes simplifies the basic reason why dissatisfaction from society prevents any form of communism to takeover completely in America.

The problem with that excerpt is that the quote is just sorta hanging out there. There’s an explanation after it, which is good, but it would be a billion times BETTER if we used a proper lead-in:

  • Dissatisfaction plays a major role in why communism has reached its high. Simply put, the basic reason why dissatisfaction from society prevents communist takeover in America is that “when any form of government […] fails to meet the basic needs of its people, civil unrest is bound to follow” (Why Didn’t Communism Work in Eastern Europe?).

Here is a super cool guide that should refresh your memory:


One more thing for today: We need to do our MLA Works Cited!! It should look like this, everyone copy it down…

Kafka, Franz, and Stanley Corngold. “The Metamorphosis.” Prentice Hall Literature: World Masterpieces, Penguin ed., Pearson Education, Boston, MA, 2007, pp. 1066–1108.

For the rest of class, we’re going to collect your four quotes and write the lead-ins for them. Tomorrow you’ll be actually drafting your essays – we’re going to be downstairs in room 203 (that’s Ms. Gelston’s room!) using the laptop cart!

Closing Session: Share a lead-in with a partner and check that they’re doing it correctly!

Assessment: Formative checks for understanding, essay brainstorming grade

Differentiation: Process (modified/scaffolded essay); product (varied length of essay, modified quote requirements).

Caesar Then and Now

Welcome to Tuesday!


  • 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.
  • ELAGSE9-10W2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

Learning Target: I can think of a great idea for a project that relates Julius Caesar to my own modern-day life; I can write a proposal for my project.

Opening Session: Daily video! You didn’t think I’d do a whole unit without Thugnotes, did you? Here’s a review of the play and a short analysis, just to get your brains thinking in that direction again:

Work Session: Today we’re going to begin working on our Big Project for this unit!! Here’s the deal: You’re going to be making some kind of artifact that relates Julius Caesar to your life today. Now, I know that can be kind of hard, so to make it a bit easier we’re going to focus on a theme in the story. A theme is a universal truth that’s revealed throughout the story – it can sort of teach you a lesson, almost.

Some examples of themes in Julius Caesar are:

  • Everyone is in control of their own destiny.
  • Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.
  • Arrogance can be the downfall of even the most powerful of people.
  • Sometimes you have to hurt the ones you love for the good of the world.
  • History is written by those who hold the power.
  • …and many more! (Check with me before using a theme you found on your own!)

Today, your first task will be to take about half an hour to choose a theme. Then find 3 quotes from the story that show that theme, and write each down along with a 3-4 sentence explanation of how that quote shows your theme. You MUST write the explanations; just giving me quotes is NOT good enough!!

After you’ve done that, I want you to take some time and think up what you’re going to do for your project. Here’s the skinny:

  • You’ll have 1-2 days to complete it
  • You MUST incorporate the quotes you just found!
  • You must somehow relate Julius Caesar to your life.

Some examples of projects you might do are

  • A poster depicting you as a typical Roman teenager.
  • A fake social media page for a Roman citizen (Fakebook, fake Instagram, even a fake snapchat!)
  • A movie poster for a production of Julius Caesar using your favorite actors/actresses.
  • A website or infographic explaining how Caesar relates to your life.
  • A rap or song that relates you to Caesar (you may turn in your lyrics or a recording of you performing)
  • A creative short story told from the perspective of a plebian.

At the end of class today, you must turn in a 1-page, hand written proposal for your project, along with your 3 quotes and explanations as to how they fit with your theme.

Closing Session: Ticket out the door: what is another theme from Caesar that you could relate to your own life?

Assessment: Proposals will be part of the overall project grade.

Differentiation: Interest (student choice on project format); process (students may work on their projects in different ways).


Welcome to Tuesday, everyone!

Hey, by the by, just to update you on the schedule for the week – today we will be writing an impromptu essay about The Metamorphosis, tomorrow we will be reviewing for our unit test, our test is Thursday, and on Friday we are doing something super special where you’ll all go to a different class than normal. AND THEN IT’S FALL BREAK!!!!


  • ELAGSE9-10RL1 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: Students will practice citing evidence from The Metamorphosis in order to validate or refute the claim that Gregor is a monster.


Today we’re going to be writing an impromptu essay…sort of. So, for the last couple of essays in here I’ve cut you loose and asked you to make an argument. This time around, we’re going to focus in on a specific part of an argument, citing evidence. Did you do this in 9th lit? I hope so….

Each of you will write an essay in class today, but you’re going to do it using a frame I’ve created for you. Yes, you do have to copy down all the words, and fill in the blanks with your own.

  • The first two blanks should be filled with quotes from the story.
  • The second two blanks should be fill with paraphrases from the story.

For each quote or paraphrase, you will write the page number down in the small blank in the parentheses.

Here’s the essay frame if you’re writing from home: Metamorphosis essay framework

After we take some time to do this essay together, we are going to check out some book covers:

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After we view each of these book covers, I want you to complete the following ticket out the door:

Closing Session

  • Choose one of the book covers we reviewed in class. Describe what is happening on that cover. Then, write down ten adjectives that go with the cover.
  • For example, “I chose cover 4. It shows Gregor waking up as a giant bug. Adjectives: scary, weird, abnormal…”
  • Turn it in to the basket!

Differentiation: Process – printed frame given as needed; Product – quote/paraphrase requirements lowered as needed.

Assessment: Impromptu essays be graded.

Life Size!


CCRLS2 Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

Learning Target

Students will make their body biography life-size and begin to color it, citing evidence of each aspect of the bio.


Journal 14: Tell me how your fourth week of school went. Favorite class or classes? Anything you would want to change about our class? Tell me how your doing.


Heros Journey Talk

Work Session

Grab a sheet of paper and start making your own Gilgamesh from our brainstorms yesterday! Our Gilgamesh is going to be LIFE-SIZED so have one of your group members lay down and be traced out!
After, make sure you add all your quotes that your wrote down onto your Gilgamesh.

Closing Session

I will walk around to check on the students Gilgamesh’s

Assessment Strategy

Preview gallery walk, informal assessment


Students will have artistic opportunities, varied ability groupings, citations and quotes can be found in many ways.