How do values influence the way we express ourselves?
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This grade 6 unit titled "Express Yourself" guides students in an exploration of what factors influence how people communicate and how people express their ideas and feelings. Students will examine the many aspects of communication ranging from freedom of expression to finding evidence to answer the essential question: How do values influence the way we express ourselves?
In the unit, students will not only explore different ways people communicate but also what limits people's ability to express themselves. Students will begin the unit by analyzing the First Amendment to the Constitution and synthesizing the amendment's meaning by rewriting it in their own words. Students will then compare connotations and denotations of the word "freedom" and relate these connotations to Langston's Hughes's poem, "Words Like Freedom" and the first amendment. Students will analyze poems written by Paul Laurence Dunbar in dialect and near-Standard English by translating text and participating in a close read to compare the effectiveness of the author using these methods to communicate his values and central messages. They will also identify and evaluate the author's use figurative language and elements of poetry. The main text for the unit is The Cay, by Theodore Taylor. After reading, analyzing, and evaluating the book; students will read several articles to discover that The Cay was banned from schools and the author was stripped of one of the awards he received for the book. Students will write an argument defending their opinion as to whether or not the book, The Cay, should be banned from schools.
Students will write routinely throughout the unit by responding to text-dependent questions, paraphrasing, summarizing, analyzing text, and reacting to the unit's essential question. Students will study the characteristics of an argument and apply the characteristics in numerous daily writing assignments and the unit's final writing.
The Cay by Theodore Taylor
Constitution of the United States, Bill of Rights
"When Malindy Sings" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
"We Wear the Masks" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
"Words Like Freedom" by Langston Hughes
"The Violent Side of Video Games" by Emily Shon
"What Video Games Can Teach Us" by Emily Shon
Theodore Taylor's Obituary from the Washington Post
"NAACP Seeks to Ban Novel From the Classics" article from Los Angeles Times
"Theodore Taylor Talks About His Life" You Tube video
*IMPORTANT NOTE: Consider the need for Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) and/or for captioned/described video when selecting texts, novels, video and/or other media for this unit. See "Sources for Accessible Media" for suggestions. See Maryland Learning Links: http://marylandlearninglinks.org.