Grade 12 ELA Module 4: Literary Analysis

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Does identify come from within, or is it shaped by external forces? Explore the complex concept of identify with a two-unit module designed for 12th grade language arts. The first unit uses A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams and "A Daily Joy to Be Alive" by poet Jimmy Santiago Baca as anchor text and focuses on the ways that characterization and setting develop both the characters and the central ideas. The second unit prompts individuals to analyze the short story "The Overcoat" by Nikolai Gogol to The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, and compare the ways Gogol and Lahiri develop their characters' identities.  

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use in either a college preparation or AP language arts class
  • Encourage learners to read the play and/or the novel on their own before coming to class, either as a vacation assignment or independent reading during the school year
  • Show the 2006 film version of The Namesake during the second unit
  • Host a movie night for your class to watch the films together, or have them watch them independently
Classroom Considerations

  • The file is 489 pages long and does not include a table of contents, but the module is organized in a way that is straightforward to navigate
  • Contains two units with 41 lessons total, including module assessments
  • The first unit incorporates a clip from Elia Kazan's film version of A Streetcar Named Desire, and lists the relevant minutes from the movie on page 147 of the PDF (page 3 of Unit 1, Lesson 11); you'll need to provide the film for this part of the lesson
  • Doesn't include the reading passages needed for either the poem or short story, but both can be found online or in popular anthologies
Pros

  • Addresses writing, reading, speaking and listening, and language Common Core standards
  • Lessons include thought-provoking discussion questions, insightful writing prompts, and all necessary worksheets and graphic organizers
  • Promotes close reading and literary analysis skills, as well as the importance of collecting and incorporating relevant textual evidence
  • Includes works from multiple cultures and genres
  • Provides differentiation tips and instruction tips in each lesson
Cons

  • None