theme

In this introduction to our larger interdisciplinary unit entitled, Affluenza, we attempt to answer the question “What is happiness?”  through writing in journals, reading multiple and varied texts, and assessing what makes us happy by thinking about where our happiness really comes from.

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This unit addresses four 6th grade reading standards taught throughout the course of a trimester. These lessons are designed to be taught one day a week, while the other days in the trimester are focused on writing units. This unit is designed to be co-taught with a general education and special education teacher, but can be easily adapted if only one teacher is present.

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Using the topic of Mythology, students will work through various activities to learn the characteristics of a Narrative Essay. This particular unit will/should take place prior to writing the Narrative Essay.

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"The Cow’s Horn” is about a boy who doesn’t make his town’s travel soccer team. On a deeper level, it conveys the message that what might be seen as failure can also lead to valuable opportunities. 

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Students will be able to read a grade level text,  the novel “The Outsiders”. As they read they will have to cite information, make inferences and connections, summarize, compare different mediums (book and movie) and learn about the author and how her experiences shaped the novel. Students will also get to write persuasively and creatively during this unit.

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For this lesson, students will learn what theme is, understand what the most common themes are, and analyze the theme of short stories. As a final assessment, students will read a novel and write a 5 paragraph essay analyzing the theme.

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For this project, students will show they understand plot, tone, and theme by creating an imovie that summarizes their book and theme while matching the music they create in Garage Band to the tone of the different parts of the book. The end project is similar to a movie trailer, but it summarizes the entire book.

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