The Blues and Theme

The Blues and Theme
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    Unit Title: Gift of the Magi Mini Unit Grade level: 9th Grade Length of unit: 3 days Stage 1 – Desired Results Meaning Enduring Understandings/Generalizations: ● Themes occur in every creative medium. ● We make connections to self, world, and text. ● Common stories and themes help us relate to others. Essential Questions: ● Where are themes? ● How do we relate to these themes? ● How do we relate to others? Knowledge & Skills Acquisition Learning Goals: (Literature) Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.  (RI.9-10.1.) Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.  (RL.9-10.2.)  Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature.  (RL.9-10.6.) Employ the full range of research-based comprehension strategies, including making connections, determining importance, questioning, visualizing, making inferences, summarizing, and monitoring for comprehension.  (DOK 2,3)   Reading Level 4 Demonstration: Describe and illustrate how common themes are found across texts from different cultures.    Students will know  …   ● Literary Elements o Plot points - exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, denouement o Theme o Symbolism o Irony - situational, dramatic, verbal ● The Blues o History o Definition o Common themes Students will be able to …   ● Create a plot map to reflect the parts of the plot. ● Identify irony in a story. ● Identify the theme and symbolism in a story. ● Describe how these two influence each other. ● Identify theme and symbolism in another creative work. ● Support ideas with textual evidence. ● Make connections to self, text, and world while reading. ● Make connections across mediums. Resources/Materials: Text: “Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry “The Blues” Songs: “Crazy Blues” by Mamie Smith “Delta Blues” by Son House   “The Slow Blues” by Stevie Ray Vaughan Video: “What is the Blues?” YouTube Documentary  Other: Interactive Plot Diagarm ( “The Blues” Reaction Questionnaire   Stage 2 – Evidence (Assessment) Pre-assessment : ● Literary elements quiz: used to determine familiarity. ● Ironic comic: used to determine ability to identify elements within a story. Formative Assessment:   ● Quick write o Exit slip: Synthesize - connect your background knowledge to what you just read - what are some common themes of the blues (both the srcinal blues and modern blues)? Why do people play the blues? Where is one place you’ve heard this theme in popular culture/modern media? ● Discussion o What city did the blues begin in? Where are its roots? Does it have a simple or complicated construction? What is even more important than technique? What can the blues be about? What other music did the blue pave the way for? Summative Assessment: ● Short Constructed Response ○ What is the difference between theme and mood? How do the Blues relate to the theme and mood? How did the Blues help you understand “The Gift of the Magi”?  
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