Unit 1: Survival
In Reading Unit #1 you will read a handful of stories. At first they may seem unrelated. But, as we share the reading experiences throughout the short stories, the connection will become clear.
Story Readings for Unit 1: Survival
- The “Sea Devil” by Arthur Gordon (Access Story Here: pg 15)
- “Fighting Off the Sharks for a Fish” L.G. Marquez
- “Black Boy” by Richard Wright (Access the Story Here)
- “Drummer Boy of Shiloh” by Ray Bradbury (Access the Story Here)
Novel for Unit 1: Survival
- “Esperanza Rising” P. Muñoz (Read Book Reviews)
What You’re Doing in This Unit
Get Active While Reading
This is the time when we dive deep into Active Reading – specifically annotations. When we annotate it’s important you participate in class and follow along. This is because annotation helps your brain work more efficiently WHILE you read.
Only YOU can make yourself apply the skills you’re given. I am here to show you and guide you, to model the strategy and give you opportunities to practice. Your annotation practice time matters.
Soon you’ll be annotating by yourself, and you want make sure you can get the greatest reward for your efforts, and that reward comes from the practice.
Investigate Instinct vs Intellect
You have a complex brain. Parts of your brain help you be more intelligent, part of your brain help you be more emotional. This is what separates us from animals, we’re thinking, emotional creatures. You also have a brain that causes you to react impulsively for the sake of survival. This is what some call the reptilian brain or the ‘caveman brain’.
Think About a Human’s Need to Survive
In the stories and the novel listed above, you will be observing and investigating the power of our need for survival. You’ll also be analyzing the structure of text to identify author’s craft. Much work is completed together. The independent work is meant for you to demonstrate your understanding of the skills and strategies we’ve practiced.
Six Lesson of Survival Unit
- Lesson 1: Review Active Reading & Apply It, Recognizing Character Change
- Lesson 2: Basic Literary Devices & Guided Annotation of Text
- Lesson 3: Incorporation – How to use it with short answer responses
- Lesson 4: Reviewing Theme & Generating a Claim
- Lesson 5: Identifying Character Change and Support With Text Evidence
- Lesson 6: Written Response to Literature