I am an American Day Address by Learned Hand
This unit has been developed to guide students and instructors in a close reading of Learned Hand’s “I am an American Day Address” from Appendix B of the Common Core Standards. The activities and actions described below follow a carefully developed set of steps that assist students in increasing their familiarity and understanding of Hand’s speech through a series of text-dependent tasks and questions that ultimately develop college and career ready skills identified in the Common Core standards. This unit is recommended as an activity for a “Great Conversation” Module and can be taught in two days of study and reflection on the part of students and their teachers. A third day or more could be added if the time is needed or extension activities are desired.
Booker T. Washington & W.E.B. DuBois: Differing Views
Students will read and illustrate Booker T. Washington’s “Atlanta Compromise” speech using either Photo Story or PowerPoint. Students will read an excerpt from The Souls of Black Folk and complete an analysis sheet. Students will compare and contrast the viewpoints of Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. DuBois using a Venn Diagram.
The Legend Lives On: documenting a historical event poetically
Using Gordon Lightfoot's song, "The Wreck of Edmund Fitzgerald" as a springboard, students will analyze and write a poem about a historical event.
How the Blues Inspire Writing
The purpose of this unit
is to introduce students to the blues and help them write a blues song.