August 31


Literary Unit Theme:

Stages of Life

Essential Question:

What does it mean to "grow up"?

Unit Skills and Concepts:

Students will site lessons/concepts they learn about humankind and themselves by studying the lives of others in literature.

Students will identify thematic elements of the "stages of life" in short stories, drama, and poetry.

Students will demonstrate the ability to understand and analyze significant details of plot development.

Students will demonstrate understanding of the climax in plot structure.

Students will analyze characters in fiction and drama - their words, actions, motivations, strengths, and weaknesses.

Students will identify and explain how tone, figurative language, and sensory devices in poetry effect a thematic look at a stage in life.

Today's Skills or Concepts:

After a presentation and discussion of Erik Erikson's "Developmental Stages," the student will be able to reference a stage's crisis, positive possible outcome, or negative possible outcome while reading Act II, Scene 7, Lines 146-173, of Shakespeare's As You Like It.

Mini-Lesson Outline:

A. The teacher will share an article on the developmental stages of Erik Erikson by Arlene F. Harder, MA, MFT.

B. Class will discuss the developmental stages, the ego development outcome of each, the basic strength of each, the crisis at each stage, as well as positive and negative outcomes at each developmental step.

C. Teacher and students will read together Act II, Scene 7, Lines 146-173, of Shakespeare's As You Like It, and then discuss the stages the man goes through during his life.

D. Students will compare Shakespeare's stages with Erikson's stages.

E. For homework, students will prepare for this week's vocabulary quiz and work on the final drafts of their fairytales.