September 1


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 review of the 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 Katherine Mansfield's "Miss Brill."

Mini-Lesson Outline:

A. The teacher will administer the vocabulary quiz and give directions for the reading and writing assignment.

B. After a review of yesterday's discussion of Erik Eriksons' "Developmental Stages," students will read Katherine Mansfield's "Miss Brill," pages 79 - 82 in the text. As they read, students will complete the "Stages of Life - Old Age" reading log by utilizing the Erikson Stage of Old Age.

C. In their notebooks, all students will answer questions #2 - 7 on page 83.

E. For homework, students will prepare the final drafts of their fairytales.