DAY 1 - SEED 1
DAY 2-5 - PLAN 1
DAY 6 - SEED 2
Day 7-10 - PLAN 2
Day 11-13 - SEED 3
Day 14 - SEED 4
Day 15-16 - SEED 5
Day 17-20 - SEED 6
CCSS Standards for this Unit
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Lesson seeds are ideas that can be used to build a lesson aligned to the CCSS. Lesson seeds are not meant to be all-inclusive, nor are they substitutes for instruction. When developing lessons from these seeds, teachers must consider the needs of all learners. It is also important to build checkpoints into the lessons where appropriate formative assessment will inform a teachers instructional pacing and delivery.
Within the American Dream unit, the anchor text, The Great Gatsby, is used in conjunction with “Winter Dreams” both by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Students will explore the concept of the American Dream and examine this concept as they read The Great Gatsby
This unit serves as a means to analyze the ways in which F. Scott Fitzgerald conveys the concept of the American Dream through his characters in Winter Dreams and “The Great Gatsby” The concept of the American Dream is embedded in the texts used in this unit as well as in the video biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Students will examine Fitzgerald’s use of the various seasons to gain an understanding of the many decisions Dexter makes in Winter Dreams. In addition, students will examine the use of color in The Great Gatsby which is used to convey various meanings throughout the novel. Students will also engage in various means of discussion using Socratic Seminar, Fishbowl, and Philosophical Chairs.
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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 at http://marylandlearninglinks.org/
See your school media specialist to work collaboratively on providing additional opportunities for students to explore different texts on the theme of the American Dream.