- ELAGSE9-10RL9 Analyze how an author draws on and transforms source material in a specific work (e.g., how Shakespeare treats a theme or topic from Ovid or the Bible or how a later author draws on a play by Shakespeare).
Learning Target: I can relate the themes and elements of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar to the modern-day #blacklivesmatter civil rights movement by a close reading of the play and using various reading strategies of current events articles.
Opening Session: Cheesy student-made Caesar summary video! This will review act I and preview act II for you:
Welcome back to class! Today we’re going to get right down to it!
- Continue reading the play (through Act II Scene i if possible)
- Read, annotate, and discuss 2 articles:
- College Protests Pick Up Speed as Students Realize New Power:https://newsela.com/articles/collegecampus-unrest/id/13203/
- Bracing for a New Civil Rights Movement: https://newsela.com/articles/New-civilrights/id/6294/
For each of these articles, let’s do a quick “Say, Mean, Matter” – what does it SAY? What does that MEAN? Why does it MATTER? We’ll put it up on the board together!
Ticket out the door: Would you join a protest? What issues are important enough to you personally that would make you get out there?
Assessment: TOTDs can be graded, Say Mean Matter can be formatively assessed to gauge student understanding of the modern texts (and guide future instruction thereof).
Differentiation: Process, readiness, interest (Student choice in reading parts of the play); Process (students can be given a printed/annotated copy of the articles as needed).