Characterization in "Ness" from Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi: AP Lit CED Unit Four

Characterization in "Ness" from Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi: AP Lit CED Unit Four
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  1. These products will help your students gain the skills and essential knowledge outlined in the new AP Literature CED for Unit Four. Includes lesson plans, student handouts, and powerpoint slides for each story, as well as a summative unit assessment in the form of a mock FRQ #2 on "A Rose for Emily.
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Aligned to the Skills and Essential Knowledge for Unit Four of the AP Literature CED, this lesson, slides, and handout will take your students through a reading of "Ness," a chapter from Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.

Includes vocabulary, a during reading "Sentence, Phrase, Word" activity, collaborative after reading activities, and writing prompts.

1.A  Identify and describe what specific textual details reveal about a character, that character’s perspective, and that character’s motives.
1.C  Explain the function of contrasting characters.
1.D  Describe how textual details reveal nuances and complexities in characters’ relationships with one another.

Essential Knowledge:
CHR-1.O The significance of characters is often revealed through their agency and through nuanced descriptions.
CHR-1.P Characters’ choices—in speech, action, and inaction— reveal what they value.
CHR-1.Q The main character in a narrative is the protagonist; the antagonist in the narrative opposes the protagonist and may be another character, the internal conflicts of the protagonist, a collective (such as society), or nature. 
CHR-1.R Protagonists and antagonists may present contrasting values.
CHR-1.S Conflict among characters often arises from tensions generated by their different value system

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