English Language Arts Grade 10 Critical Response and Stance Unit 10.3 Relationships – Contemporary Realistic Fiction, Novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Historical Perspective – Literary Movement Unit 10.3 Revision – This revision represents a more comprehensive look at the original model unit. It includes more teacher resources and connections between text and activities.
Literary Modernism (1900 - 1950)
1914 Panama Canal opens
1917 – 1918 U.S. in World War I
1918 My Antonia, Willa Cather
1920 U.S. women get vote
1922 The Wasteland, Eliot
1929 Stock market crash begins Great Depression
1934 Dust Bowl begins in Great Plains
1941 – 1945 U.S. in World War II
Willa Cather, T.S. Eliot, James Joyce, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Ezra Pound, Wallace Stevens, Sara Teasdale, William Carlos Williams
Post World War I and II / Social Action/Protest Literature
1925 The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald
1929 A Farewell to Arms, Hemingway
1937 Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck
1938 Our Town, Thornton Wilder
1939 Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck
1944 The Glass Menagerie, Williams
1949 The Death of a Salesman, Miller
1953 The Crucible, Miller
E. E. Cummings, Ralph Eliot, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Sinclair Lewis, Arthur Miller, John Steinbeck, Tennessee Williams
Harlem Renaissance, Jazz Age – 1920s (Addressed in Unit 10.4)
(Included in Modernism)
A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry
Native Son, Richard Wright
Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
Invisible Man, RalphEllison
Literary Authors /Poets
Countee Cullen, W.E.B. DuBois, Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, Jean Toomer
Based on unit description, identify areas of interest and what you would like to learn.
Prior Knowledge Activities
Describe a mutual relationship you have or have had with another person. Explain how both of you benefit from the relationship.
Explain your thinking on the question of whether we should live for today or for the future?
A famous phrase “The best laid plans of mice and men go oft astray.” by the poet Robert Burns is often used as an aphorism. John Steinbeck titled his novel after it. What does this saying mean to you? Reflect on your response after reading the story.
Writing to Learn
analogies and metaphors
taking Cornell Notes from Lectures
taking Notes from textbooks and expository text
Unit-Specific Writing Strategies
Use class-generated rubrics
See Power of Language (Grammar) Module Part II: Grammar Overview for grade-level recommendations.
Reflect on two pieces of unit writing that represent best effort
Monitor growth using literacy indicators
- language fluency
- reading complexity
- modes of discourse
Evaluate tendency toward dispositions and their appropriate application
HSTW/ACT recommendations of 8-10 books per year in ELA class; 25 books per year across the curriculum
Reading Portfolio recording reading with three levels of support
texts/literature studied in class (challenging text in zone of proximal development – text students couldn’t read without the help of the teacher); anchor, linking texts, and author/poet study
book club groups reading same text from teacher-selected list (somewhat above comfort level); students choose from list of 5-6 titles that support the unit theme; they read the book outside of class,
Literary Genre Focus/ Anchor Texts
Strategies and Activities
Writing, Speaking, Expressing
Strategies and Activities
What can I do to realize my dreams or visions for the future?
What role does empathy play in how I treat others?
How am I a reflection of my relationships? (9th Grade)
How do my relationships within and across groups affect others? (9th Grade)
How can I discover the truth about others?
What sacrifices will I make for the truth?
What criteria do I use to judge my values?
How will I stand up for what I believe/value?
How do I handle others’ points of view?
How do I determine when taking social action is appropriate?
What voice do I use to be heard?
I “Today we are faced with the preeminent fact that, if civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships... the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world, at peace.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt(1882-1945) Thirty-second President of the USA. II “I see America, not in the setting sun of a black night of despair ahead of us, I see America in the crimson light of a rising sun fresh from the burning, creative hand of God. I see great days ahead, great days possible to men and women of will and vision.”
III “Human relationships always help us to carry on because they always presuppose further developments, a future -….
Albert Camus(1913-1960) French novelist, essayist and dramatist
(Form of personal narrative, descriptive, and reflective writing)
Reflects on a brief period of time or a series of related events significant to the writer
based on the truth
uses narrative story structure (setting, plot development, conflict, characterization, and literary devices) first person; the author reveals him/herself to the reader through voice, actions, insight, and thoughts
author’s point of view influenced by memory of event; information at time
purpose is to share a life lesson learned that appeals the larger world
tends to be more subjective and personal than autobiography
Annotate articles (beyond highlighting and underlining)
Show understanding of copyright and fair use
OWL-Online Writing Lab
Record selected quotations and aphorisms of personal significance that relate to unit themes and big ideas.
“The best laid plans of mice and men”
Life Lessons Data Wall
Explore aphorism websites and select five, either humorous or serious, that you identify with. Create categories of topics such as forgiveness, obtaining material success, or accepting what life gives you. As you read Tuesdays withMorrie add aphorisms that Morrie shared with Mitch. Post on data wall.
For a week, keep a diary about your relationship with someone close to you.
Write about a person who had a profound influence on your life.
Write a metaphor to make connections between symbiosis and the relationships among the characters in the novels.
Generate a list of 5 words that describe Lenny, George, Mitch, and Morrie. After making the list, choose the one word you think best describes each, then explain why, using examples from the test to support and illustrate your idea.