Unit 3 Learning Goals


Unit 3: Literature

We are learning to…

  • Construct an effective analysis of literary texts (not plot summary)
  • Construct critical interpretations of contemporary non-fiction texts
  • Independently select and use reading comprehension strategies for challenging texts
  • Develop effective discussion questions

I will know I am successful when I can…

  • Make complex inferences about the text by combining ideas from a variety of places within the texts with my own knowledge, and draw conclusions
  • Identify a variety of literary devices including metaphor, symbol, motif, imagery, diction, and draw conclusions about their significance
  • Use evidence from the text to draw conclusions about theme
  • Express theme in a sentence that is applicable to the text itself and the world
  • Apply more than one literary theory to a text to develop critical interpretations
  • Use literary theory to draw conclusions that go beyond the obvious and literal interpretation of a text
  • Set a purpose for reading
  • Use strategies like chunking the text, coding, talking back to the text, questioning the text to support comprehension
  • Ask difficult questions of the text that force readers to question assumptions and use evidence to support ideas.

Wednesday April 25

Apologies for not posting yesterday. We analyzed this article and looked at how the author used sentence variety, punctuation, and repetition to enhance his ideas.

Then we finished watching Hamlet.

Here’s what we’re doing today:

Tomorrow is your final literature circle meeting. While some of you may not be submitting reader’s journals you should all have notes complete highlighting the insights you will be bringing to tomorrow’s meeting. You also need to have your five discussion questions completed.

As you know, your culminating task for this is an essay. To help you begin planning for your essay, I’m going to have you create a concept map that illustrates what each literary theory you examined revealed about your text. This will be your consolidation piece for this week’s meeting as well as pre-writing work for your essay. Here’s the plan for the next few days:

Wednesday April 25: literature circle preparation/concept mapping/Hamlet planning

Thursday April 26: Final literature circle meeting

Monday April 30: Concept mapping and conferencing

Tuesday May 1: Thesis approval

We will have some additional time to work on this in class and we will agree on a deadline together.


Monday April 23

We’ll start today with discussing the panel presentation from period 2 today. Then we’ll move on to Hamlet.

We need to do this:

Guiding Questions:

1) What are your thoughts on cultural proficiency? Do you feel comfortable defining the term in your own words? What does cultural proficiency look like?

2) How can our South community move forward with cultural proficiency? What would you like to see happen here at South?

3) How will you intentionally work at becoming a more engaged citizen?

Please remember, your third and final literature circle meeting is this Thursday.

Thursday April 19

We’ll start with reading time this afternoon and then move on to Hamlet. Be prepared to blog tomorrow. FYI your homework should be reading and working on your journals (even if you aren’t submitting your journals this time you will need notes for the consolidation piece).

Friday April 13

We’re treating today like Thursday and rolling ahead with our literature circle meetings. As such we will postpone this week’s blog post article and have two choices for you next Friday. Please take this weekend to ensure you’re caught up on your blog posts.

Thursday April 12

If you were away on Tuesday, you need to watch the following video so you’re caught up:

We are continuing on with Hamlet and silent reading. Yes I know today was supposed to be your literature circle meeting but we’re just going to pretend today is Wednesday and tomorrow’s Thursday. Ok?

Monday April 9

Today I want to check in with you regarding the learning goals for this unit and then you’ll have some reading time for your novels and then we’re going to begin an intro to Hamlet.

Based on our discussion last week we decided that it would be helpful for you to know the story of Hamlet first. So we will start watching but with a catch. I’m assigning you all roles to adopt. As you watch I want you to think about how the actions and events of the play would affect your character. hamlet intro note

Thursday April 5

We will have some silent reading time today but then our big task is brainstorming how you could meet the learning goals for Unit 4 (our Hamlet unit). So there will be lots of talking for the second half of the period. We need to have a tentative plan hashed out before we talk with Ms. Reaburn and her class tomorrow.

Here is a link to what we came up with so far (you’ll have to zoom in).

Remember, what I’m looking for you is ideas about HOW we can meet these goals. Be prepared to share ideas tomorrow.