Thematic Unit: Curriculum Map Theme, Enduring Understandings, & Essential Questions for This Unit Theme: The of Dangers of Conformity Enduring Understandings: 1. Everyone has a right to choose between conformity and nonconformity 2. People have both good and bad qualities 3. No society is or can be perfect 4. People should have a right to choose their significant other 5. Rules are important in every society How Students will Demonstrate Their Understanding Diagnostic: write responses to the essential question Summative Assessment (at the end of the unit) Unit test (multiple choice and short constructed responses) 1. What rules remain in place in the community that differentiates men from women? Why do you think these specific rules were retained while others were not? 3. Conformity can sometimes be dangerous. Based on the rules and the occasional stereotypes in The Giver, what dangers are presented to members of conforming to these rules? Use textual details to support your answer. Is conformity ever a necessity or a quick solution? What value, if any, does society put on human life? Formative Assessments (throughout the unit): 1. Identify and list what happens to members in the society if they don’t conform to the various rules. ( use details from the story to support your answer) 2. Compare and contrast Jonas’s changes before he became the Receiver and after he became the Receiver of memories 3. Daily journal writing tasks 4. various short constructed responses 5. Graphic organizers 6. Debates Guiding Questions: 1. Do you think the community in the Giver was a successful utopia? 2. Who is Lois Lowry? What influences her work? 3. How does setting influence the characters, behaviors and events in the story? 4. How do character traits and motivation affect the outcome of a story? 5. How do conflicts affect characters’ behavior? What is a conflict? What are the different types of conflicts? How does a conflict affect a character and the character’s behavior? How does the setting affect a character’s behavior and actions? What effects does setting have on a story? What is point of view/ How do the various points of views affect the story and its outcome? The ending of the giver has been interpreted in a few different ways. Choose one possible interpretation of the ending and argue its validity, using clues from the text to explain your conclusions. 2. Essential Questions: Does language cloud reality? With all the diversity of society is Conformity worth considering? READING 7th GRADE Standards-based Essential Skills & Concepts to be Targeted Throughout the Unit READING Questioning -Visualizing -Inferring -Prediction -Note-taking /Listening strategies for ReadAloud Common Core Standards: Identifying key ideas and details in a text - cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis - Determine the theme and central idea of a text and analyze it’s development over the course of the text - Analyze how particular elements of a story interact Craft and Structure - Determine an author’s point of view or purpose WRITING Key Ideas and Details - Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well inferences drawn from the text. - Provide an objective summary of the text Craft and Structure - Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of views different characters in the story. - Character analysis Integration of Knowledge Compare and contrast a fictional portrayal of time, place and character to present day life. SPEAKING AND LISTENING 1. daily discussion questions 2. short impromptu debates 3. Listen to and discuss short non-fiction articles on similar topics and issues 2011-2012 Strategies / Best Practices Used to Explicitly Teach the Skills & Concepts How do I use visualization to help with understanding the novel? How can I use questioning to aid understanding? What is inference and how do I use it to understand what I read? -Questioning -Visualizing -Inferring -Prediction -Note-taking /Listening strategies for Read-Aloud Character traits -Character motivation -Conflict -Setting -Point of View -Themes Foreshadow Symbolism irony Resources for this Multi-Genre Unit Anchor Text(s): Movie“Pleasantville” Video clips of The Giver “The Village” Poetry: “The Giver”- by Donny Jackson Nonfiction: Intentional Communities in the USA www.UWEC.edu Articles on the Euthanasia What is a theme? How does a story evolve around its theme? 6. At what times would euthanasia be considered beneficial? 7. What is symbolism? What symbols are used in the novel? 8. How is irony used in the novel? 9. What is foreshadowing and how is it developed in the story? 10. What is the importance of individualism? 11. What is Plot and how is it developed?