Curses and Crimes in Anthem (Day 5)

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SWBAT cite examples from what is explicitly stated in the text by charting the curses and crimes of the main character and participating in a "cold call" discussion

Big Idea

Are we all cursed criminals? We discuss theCURSE of being too tall and thinking differently and the CRIME of creating light

Do Now: Sharing Charts

5 minutes

For the "Do Now" today, I will pass out students' Anthem charts and have them share their examples of Anthem Transgressions and Sins -first two rows of the chart from a previous lesson. The anthem chart appears as a resource in the application section of this lesson. I am having students share because they have been reading at the end of class periods and for homework, and this gives them an opportunity to add to their charts so that they will have the most thorough responses possible (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.1.d). I am also having students share because they they will notice some overlap in the sins and transgressions that we identified in a previous lesson and the curses and crimes that we identify and discuss today.

Application: Charting Curses and Crimes

20 minutes

We will begin the application part of the lesson by having students chart curses and crimes that they have encountered in chapters 1-8 (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1).  We are charting these curses and crimes because they reveal Equality as a thoughtful individual in a collective society (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3). They also characterize the Council as a controlling entity in this society. For example, Equality created a light box. Not only was this a sin (according to the Council) because he did it by himself, but also, he stole the candle, went off by himself, and refused to tell where he had been. They do not have to find examples from all of the chapters, but I want them to at least find several examples for each of the two terms (curse and crime). Throughout our reading of the book, we have been charting these examples and our opinions of them in our Anthem chart. We can always refer back to these charts when we are discussing aspects of the text.

Discussion of Chapters 6-8

20 minutes

In this part of the lesson, we will have an unstructured discussion of questions from chapters 6-8.

The questions appear in this unit

Chapter VI

1. The old locks and lack of guards in the Palace of Corrective Detention indicate that prisoners never tried to
escape. Why not?
Chapter VII
1. Outline four of the Council’s reasons for rejecting Equality’s invention.
2.What are the real reasons behind the Council’s rejection and fear of the gift?
3.What does Equality mean, at the beginning of the chapter, when he says, “We are old now, but we were young this morning” (p. 68)?
Chapter VIII
1.What is Equality experiencing for the first time in this chapter, and what does he feel as a result?
2.Explain why Equality laughs when he remembers that he is “the Damned.”
3.What does the Uncharted Forest symbolize in Anthem?

I have chosen to have students answer these questions in an unstructured discussion because their responses will show whether or not they understand the conflicting motivations of the characters in the text (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.1.a and CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3). In answering these questions, we will also  be discussing how Equality's character is developing. I also want to give students who did not have a chance to participate in the last discussion (Socratic Seminar) another chance to earn discussion points.

Introduction to the Final Project

10 minutes

At the end of the lesson today, I will be introducing students to their final project for quarter 4. This project will be a book jacket, and they will need to read a fictional book independently (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.10) this quarter in order to be prepared to complete the project. I will review each panel of the project and show my students sample projects from previous years.  I discovered this project years ago, and since then have made significant adjustments to it over the years based on experience and the shift toward using the Common Core standards.

I will be sharing the SSR_Book_Jacket_instructions and rubric as well during this part of the lesson. I am providing students with a Book_Jacket_Template on which they can type or write their panels as well. I will answer questions and remind them that they need to have their books read by 5/5/2014. There will be due dates for each component of the project after 5/5, so it important that my students select a book ASAP. We will take a trip to the media center during the next class session so that they can select books to read.

I am having my students complete this project because it sums up many of the skills we have learned this year, including analyzing characters and conflicts (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3), defining vocabulary (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.9-10.4.c), writing a book review (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.2), and analyzing a theme (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2) of their self-selected text--all in one place. In other words, in this one project, I can assess their reading and writing skills.

Silent Reading

20 minutes

We will close out this lesson by having time to continue our reading of Anthem (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.10). Students will need to take the quizzes for Chapters 6-8  on Curriculet by the next class session, so they can use this time to re-read the chapter or read ahead to finish the book. I have found that giving my students this time to read in class allows them to catch up on reading if they are behind and keep on track with their pacing of reading the novel. As I mentioned in a previous lesson, I also think this is a great way to differentiate for students that do not like reading texts online and would prefer a hard copy.