Unit III: Conflict and Unrest
Overview of Unit
This unit focuses on the analysis of the concept of conflict as it exists in fiction and non-fiction. With an emphasis on students developing understandings that surpass the superficial definitions of "internal/external" and "man vs. man or self" conflicts, this unit introduces an array of conflict types and levels found in a variety of texts.
Is conflict necessary?
What is the value in considering multiple perspectives?
What is the effect of conflict?
What is worth fighting for?
Conflict is an invitation to contemplate a complicated world.
Change is driven by conflict.
- Novio Boy by Gary Soto (play)
- "The Best Parenting Move" (article)
- "Thank You, M'am" by Langston Hughes (short story)
- Book Club Options
- Conch Bearer
- Mexican White Boy
- Red Kayak
- Things I've Seen
- Additional options include: Girls
**This unit will take all of the 4th Six Weeks and part of the 5th Six Weeks to complete.
4th Six Weeks Grades
Assignments in the yellow boxes reflect daily grades, whiles those in the orange boxes reflect major grades. All redos and retakes must be completed by February 12th.
Students spend 10 minutes a day reading their SSR novels during English class, and they should be reading for at least an additional hour, if not more, over the course of each week.
Each six weeks, students are required to complete one activity from SSR Response options (worth 1 daily grade), which are focused on discussing novels they read during the Six Weeks.
The SSR Response may be completed at any point during the Six Weeks but must be completed by February 12, 2016.
Conflict and Unrest Book Club
Book Club Meeting # 1 - February 5th
Book Club Meeting # 2 - February 10th
Book Club Meeting # 3 - February 19th
January 26th through February 19th, parents should expect to see their children reading their book club selections at home each evening. All students need to have finished their novels by the time they come to class on February 19th.
Reading Schedule for Novio Boy by Gary Sotto
Day 1: Date: Monday, February 1
Text Preview and Study of Stage Directions
Day 2: Date: Tuesday, February 2
Study of Subtext and Reading Assignment Overview
Day 3: Date: Wednesday, February 3
Text: Scene One, Whole Class Reading
Scene Two, Small Group Reading
Key question: What are the first most obvious conflicts?
Product: Write a 1-2 paragraph response to this question in your writer’s notebook.
Day 4: Date: Monday, February 8
Text: Scene Three, Small Group Reading
Key question: Who are the characters, and how are they different? What are their personal perspectives on the issues they discuss?
Product: Draw a 3-column chart in your writer’s notebook. In the first column, write the name of the character. In the second column, explain that character’s perspective on the issues in the play. In the third column, explain what sorts of conflicts arise from the characters’ perspectives.
Day 5: Date: Tuesday, February 9
Text: Scenes Four and Five, Small Group Reading
Key questions: What changes are we beginning to see in the characters? How are these changes connected to the conflicts the characters are facing?
Product: Write a 1-2 paragraph response to the key questions. (Quiz Grade)
Day 6: Date: Thursday, February 11
Text: Scenes Six and Seven, Small Group Reading
Key questions: Identify the “resolution” for each character’s conflicts.
Product: Create a list of the characters, the conflicts, and the resolutions.
Whole Class Discussion: What themes emerge from this text?
Day 7: Date: Tuesday, February 16
My small group is assigned to work with Scene ________.
In this scene, identify a short 5-7 minute “mini-scene” that represents an important conflict or resolution. Plan to perform the scene using props and demonstrating your understanding of subtext and the role of stage directions.
Day 8: Date: Wednesday, February 17
Practice/work day for performance preparation
Day 9: Date: Monday, February 22
Mini-scene performance day
Day 10: Date: Tuesday, February 23
In-class “Understandings and Reflections” Essay (Test)
Prompt: Write a 2-3 page essay that discusses your overall understandings of the conflicts and resolutions in the play Novio Boy, and reflect on your mini-scene presentation – what was the importance of the scene you selected, what role did you play in the preparation and presentation, what are your understandings about subtext and the importance of stage directions, etc. (You may use your writer’s notebook and your copy of the text.)
Tuesdays - 3:30 - 4:00pm
Wednesdays - 7:50 - 8:20am
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Tuesdays - 7:50 - 8:20am
Wednesdays - 3:30 - 4:00pm
Fridays - 7:50 - 8:20am
Fridays - 3:30 - 4:00pm