This bundle is designed for a 12th grade AP Literature class that meets daily for an hour and half (please note that pacing is according to the NYC public school calendar). At the very least this should provide a month's worth of material, in addition to the summer assignment. If meeting for a single 45 minute period, this will last far more than a month.
The materials included in this bundle center on American Literature and the theme of the "American Dream." Beginning with a summer assignment that includes an extensive reading list of 11 important novels/plays/short story collections and corresponding assignments, the bundle also extends into the first unit of the year (which should last for at least a month, if not more). Called "Who Dreams the American Dream," this unit begins with an overview of the AP Literature Exam, a practice open question essay, and MC practice (MC not included). The unit then continues on to have students analyze American poetry and the traditional theme of the American Dream and then combine it with the ideas of "otherness" and the marginalized voices in American history and literature. Lessons are presented through student-led discussion, conference paper presentations, and some teacher-led discussion and notes. Throughout the course of the unit students work in groups to examine one of the books they read over the summer which range from classics including "The Great Gatsby" and "Of Mice and Men" to other important works of less notoriety such as "Stone Butch Blues" and "Blues for Mister Charlie." Students examine their text for important symbols/plot elements, elements worth close analysis as outlined by Thomas C. Foster in his book "How to Read Literature like a Professor" (part I of the summer assignment), analyze a single pivotal scene in depth, and bring an excerpt of the text to class to lead a group close-reading/discussion. The unit culminates with 7-8 presentations/discussion facilitations and then a final AP style essay (same prompt as the beginning to see growth).
This bundle includes the following resources for this unit:
- American Dream Summer Assignment (includes 3 separate assignments and extensive guidelines, shown in preview)
- "Who Dreams the American Dream?" Unit, including:
-Reading packet with all necessary materials
-Unit Map and Assessments (CCSS aligned skills/assessments and UDL Mods included)
-PowerPoint with daily lessons
-CCSS aligned American Dream Project Assignment
-CCSS aligned American Dream Project Rubric (both project and presentation)
-Student sign-up/pacing calendar (NYC public school aligned)
-Group-work feedback form