This four week unit centers around the adolescent in American society, culminating around a study of "The House on Mango Street" by Sandra Cisneros.
Prereading activities help students understand how children and adolescents are portrayed in our society throughout history as well as examines the role models the media provides for those children. Students first learn about children expectations and behaviors during the colonial period, and they compare and contrast that with what they know of today's children.
Students learn about the "coming of age" novel while thinking about their own families, homes, and the events in their lives that push them toward maturity.
This unit is a great segue in a "coming of age" writing activity!
A Calendar Overview
Twenty-Two Days of Scripted Learning Plans
Success Criteria for Each Day
A Variety of Small Group and Independent Activities
A Variety of Handouts, which help students...
***Think about children in America today and throughout history
***Introduce their own families and think about the importance of family
***Think about events in their own lives that helped push them toward adulthood
***Understand how similes play an important part in The House on Mango Street and other pieces of literature
***Conduct an interview
***Understand how children are portrayed in contemporary and canonical literature
Lyrics to Multiple Songs about Children and Growing Up
Photos of Role Models in America
The New England Primer
The Dutiful Child
***The original poem
***A poem skeleton
Multiple Guided Reading Activities over The House on Mango Street
Writing Activities that help students...
***Compare and contrast children of different eras
***Adapt the writing style of Sandra Cisneros
***Think about different perspectives
A Final Project so students can show their learning
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