English 10 Lesson Overview Jessica Meginness
Latin America Unit (1st 9 weeks)
Introduction Activity (Two Truths and a Lie)
Teacher Sample Introduction
Briefly Introduce Syllabus with scavenger
Go over answers
Good/Bad Participation Examples
Introduce Folders and Independent Reading Books
Show a few book trailers
Bring items to decorate (quotes, pictures, magazine clips, etc)
Bring song lyrics (school appropriate)
Creative Writing: Read Articles in groups
Mark things you want to help you remember as a writer and discuss in groups
Creative Writing: Choosing a few questions from the creative writing prompts for aspiring writers article
10 Things I know about myself as a reader/writer brainstorm (Complete a teacher sample and have students brainstorm
other topics that the class can later choose from) (Include 5 you are good at and 5 that you struggle with) 20 minutes
*Homework: Choose one as a goal for yourself this quarter. You will be completing a journal on it at the end of the
quarter, so choose wisely. Brainstorm steps to complete your goal
Song Lyric Activity: 20 minutes
Discuss as a class 10minutes
Book Trailers20 minutes
Decorate Journals (rubric grade) 30 min.
Heart Map (journal) 10 min
Show example of Independent Reading Responses 10 min
Expectations for folders and reading books
Go to Library 30 min
Complete first response
Latin America Unit:
Check folders and reading responses (give credit on charts)
Heart map (include favorite character)
Writing prompt: pretest or from aspiring writers(finish for homework)
Pass out vocab books
Background activity (or next day)
Intro Activity (make found poems with groups)20 min
Read Story: observances (first and last lines) 20 min
Show Don’t Tell: read with class, analyze, 5 senses, practice 30 min
Silent reading for creative writing (20 min)
Define and discuss myth
Add to Lit Terms Glossary in notebook
Brainstorm others we are familiar
Brainstorm different backgrounds or reasons to explain how man was made. Why so many variations?
Thoroughly define the Christian perspective as common in our culture today. Compare and contrast with the
variation found in the story. Consider within groups first. Then add to interactive Venn Diagram on SMART with
each group’s ideas. Record main ideas in notebooks.
Answer Critical Thinking Question
Discuss with class
Silent Read 20 min
Intro Activity 30 min (Poetry Poker)
Thematic Thoughts for Brainstorming a childhood memory 40 min total
Guided Imagery Brainstorm for details*create
Silent Reading 20 min.
Mind maps: Label as abstract imagery 50 min lesson
Give object to examine with 5 senses: label as concrete imagery
Read Background: take few notes
Read “The Great Prayer”
Answer Critical Thinking Questions
Come up with 5 philosophical pieces of advice for the world (how to live, advice for high school or beyond, love
Share with class
Reminder about abstract and concrete images: answer Author’s Craft Questions
Vocab practice 20 min.
Homework: study vocab for test
Boggle activity using words to create your story
Spoonerisms writing prompt
Brainstorm 5 senses with childhood idea
Childhood writing prompt
Trickster Character (characterization)
Critical Thinking Questions
Author’s Craft and questions
“The Street” and “The Room”
Search for identity is universal
Critical Thinking Questions #1-3 with groups
Author’s craft questions #1-2 (On your Own)
Discuss with class
*Choose repetitive words and phrases and connect similar moods
Day 9 (Take Out)
“Keeping Quiet” and “Chilean Earth”
Author’s background and personal views and purpose—grew up Christian, Bible influence
Critical Thinking Questions (#2 apply tone/mood)
Lyric minilesson: choose modern songs to help connect to tone (feelings expressed by the author)
Answer author’s craft
Discuss as class
Journal: Brainstorm times when you’ve had strong emotions toward someone or something—choose one and
practice writing your own.
“Florinda and Don Gonzalo” Read aloud/act (bring props)
Notes on background: Most early plays were religious dramas—help teach Indians about Christianity. Later:
express ideas of what it means to live in Latin America
This play: psychology of characters and how we are like them
*Focus on selection (PR) guide reading (sticky notes) list questions you have at end of reading (use questions for
the author handout)
Critical thinking questions: use character reactions handout
Author’s craft: dialogue (minilesson)
Discuss with class
Activity Journal: create your own two characters and create a brief one page dialogue between them—text
messages, phone, in person, chat room, Facebook, twitter, etc… (brainstorm the different ways you can use
“One of these Days”
Mix of history and mythology
Critical Thinking #1-2
Author’s craft: suspense, answer questions
Discuss with class
*Additional resource on common core
“The Book of Sand”
Background Notes: Grew up in library
o National inspector of poultry=insult
o Going blind
o Mix of fantasy and reality- philosophical questions= nature of reality, meaning of time, power of
language-refers to ideas around the world
o “anti-realist” questions the meaning of reality and challenges his readers’ assumptions about time and
o Labyrinth=central image (life is a cosmic puzzle)
o Raises questions through library images
*What questions does Borges encourage the reader to consider (THINK ALOUD)
o Is the book good or evil? Is it magic?
o Why did the previous owners want to get rid of it? Is it cursed?
o What unsuspecting person will get it next?
o Why not give it to a museum?
o What stories does it tell? Why is this not mentioned?
o Why do the images disappear? Why is this so significant?
Symbolism lesson before with a practice story and then use this story as assessment.
**Magical Realism explanation
“Continuity of Parks” (read aloud, very confusing to follow)
o Supported political and literary freedom
o Stories blend realistic and fantastic
o Change setting
Mix elements of comedy and tragedy
Saw a “continuity/connection between different ways of thinking about reality”
Discuss quote: “break the habits of readers—not just for the sake of breaking them, but to make the readers
Frame story: story within a story (chart out)
**How does the story challenge your imagination?
Sensory details and figurative language (mainly personification)
Inference at end: never says he is going to kill the man
No names! Why?
Personification quiz quotes:
o “air of afternoon danced…” pg. 350
o “licked up by the sordid dilemma” pg. 350
o “dagger warmed itself “ pg. 351
o “liberty pounded” pg. 351
o “lustful, panting dialogue raced” pg. 351
o “hair flying” pg. 352 (Not personification because humans cannot fly!)
Tones: build from previous lesson (2 distinct tones).
o First: relaxed
o Second: revenge/determined
Critical Thinking #1
5 poems pg. 353
o Caribbean love and longing for a far older homeland
o Sounds and pictures poems create
**What does it mean to be Caribbean? (dream of other places but brought back) Use quotes and reasoning to
Introduction to Socratic Seminar (hand out materials and show examples)
Hold Socratic Seminar
Remind students of expectations
Additional Lessons/Activities to incorporate:
1-2 days to work on Silent Reading book projects
o Show examples, give rubrics, time to work and ask questions
2-3 days to work on essay question
o Create introductions, gather quotes, type in lab
Silent reading time each week=20 minutes
Vocabulary book work, discussion and practice activities
Bell Ringer Journals from PPT collection
Grammar/writing minilessons as needed for struggles
Boggle word game with poetry
Group magnetic found poems
Review of vocab and literary terms
I can statements to accompany this unit:
I can determine the theme of a text.
I can analyze the impact of word choice on the meaning or tone of a text.
I can analyze how an author’s choices about text structure, event order, and time manipulation, create effects
such as mystery, tension, or surprise.
I can analyze a point of view or cultural experience as reflected in a work from outside the US.
I can cite strong and thorough textual evidence that supports my inferences and analysis of the text.
I can determine the author’s point of view in a text.
I can determine the author’s purpose for writing a text.
I can analyze accounts of the same subject told in a different medium, determining which aspects are
emphasized in which medium.
I can write an informative piece, which examines and conveys complex ideas/information through effective
selection, organization, and analysis of content, etc… (include other writing statements that focus on the writing
process and addressing the audience and topic)
I can prepare for a class discussion and participate by referring to my findings during discussion.
I can follow agreed-upon rules for class discussion, track progress towards stated goals, and define individual
roles if needed.
I can propel a conversation by asking questions, incorporating others into a discussion, and clarifying or
challenging the ideas of others.
I can clearly and concisely present important findings and supporting evidence so listeners can follow the line of
I can strategically use digital media to enhance understandings and add interest.
I can use an appropriate style manual to write and edit my work.
I can use context clues to figure out word meaning.
I can verify what I think a word means by looking it up.
I can interpret figures of speech in context.