Unit: Using Thank You M'am To Explore Plot, Character, Theme & Author's Purpose

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Unit Description

In this Unit Students will use the short story Thank You M'am to explore the 5 elements of plot, the traits and motivation of characters and author's purpose. Students will do a close reading of the short story, plot the story, build character profiles of the main characters, discuss the theme and complete a performance task asking students to relate the text to real world.


Close Reading and Making Predictions Resources: 2

Students will be able to analyze the short story Thank You M'am's by doing a close reading and making predictions before they read.

The Elements of Plot Resources: 2

Students will be able to recognize plot elements in short stories and analyze characters- their traits, motivations, conflicts, points of view, relationships, and changes.

Theme & Mood In Thank You M'am Resources: 2

Students will be able to describe and analyze theme and mood in a text.

Characterization of Roger & Ms. Jones Resources: 3

Students will be able to identify character traits in a text by completing a characterization chart to better understand how characters change throughout a text.

The Purpose of Thank You Ma'm Resources: 4

Students will explain how author's purpose effects the readers understanding of a short story.

Analyzing POV, Dialect and Sterotypes Resources: 3

Students will analyze a short story to better understand point of view, dialect and sterotypes.

Conflict in Thank You M'am Resources: 2

Students will be able to identify and explain different types of conflict in a text.

Thank You M'am Performance Task Resources: 3

Students will defend the actions of Roger in Thank You Ma'm by using details from the text.


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Mary Ellen Edwards Posted one year ago:

WOW! Your students are so lucky! The teachers that get your students the next year are so lucky. Do these people realize what a creative, hard working, intuitive teacher you are? These lessons are marvelous! Very thorough and engaging. I am a tutor and I am going to use every one of your ideas! Sorry, I am just a person like Roger! Thank you M'am!

dawn crosby Posted one year ago:

Thank you so much!! I needed this. :)

Jeannette Nobles Posted one year ago:

Your entire unit is awesome!!! Thank you for sharing it.

Marie Pierre Louis Posted 3 years ago:

Thank You so much! Your lessons are amazing!!!I can't wait to utilize some of these ideas with my students.

Carol Blake Posted 5 years ago:

I was searching for some writing prompts/ideas to incorporate into my plans for this story; you've provided some awesome suggestions.  Thanks so much!

Ruth Douthitt Posted 5 years ago:
Wow! This is amazing. Thank you for all these lessons. This will greatly assist me in teaching Writing to my students.
Kim Vaiana Posted 5 years ago:
Thank you-I truly appreciate all the hardwork you've done! This site has helped me stop reinventing the wheel continually!
Helen Shin Posted 5 years ago:
Thank you LIndsay Joseph. This is great! I teach esl at the high school level and these materials are wonderful!
nicky buchanan Posted 6 years ago:
Really love this short story and material super. My kids really enjoy the unit.
Valerie Walker Posted 6 years ago:
I've always loved this short story. Your material is fantastic! I can't wait to utilize some of these ideas with my students!
Lindsey Joseph Posted 7 years ago:
There are 7 Language Development Do Now Exercises - one for each lesson in this unit. It's a Do Now Packet.



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