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Choices and Consequences with Romeo and Juliet Fall 2008 ELAN 7408 Smagorinsky Brett Belcher Aimee Dowd Shannon JuhanTable of Contents o Unit Goals: page 3 o Rubrics page 6 o Rationale page 12 o Daily Lesson Plans o Week One page 16 o Week Two page 22 o Week Three page 30 o Week Four page 38 o Week Five page 43 o Week Six page 49 o Handouts page 57 o References page 84Unit Goals: The overarching goal for our project is to impress upon our students the importance of choices and their consequences, to have them understand the cause and effect nature of decisions which are made. Throughout this unit we will pose questions to the students to help them think about all possible outcomes of a specific choice. We are hoping to help foster intellectual growth, development, and personal maturity while having students understand that they will ultimately be forced to make their own choices in life and deal with any resulting consequences. We have several different activities through which we hope to show students the importance a decision can have on yourself and those around you – how one decision can alter a path dramatically, splintering the end results into numerous directions. Our culminating assessment will be a presentation of each student’s perception of what they believe to be the most pivotal choice made by a character in the play Romeo and Juliet. Students will be asked to create a paper in which they discuss their pivotal point and hypothesize possible outcomes if a different choice had been made – to write a “what if” paper exploring the many effects one cause could have. This paper will provide the basis for their presentation to the class; we will then have the students anonymously vote for who they feel offered and proved what they saw as the most pivotal point. This final paper and presentation will be demonstrated to the students through class discussions about the cause and effect of certain actions and through journal entries they will write that will allow them identify which points in a story a different choice could have changed the ultimate outcome. As a lead up to reading Romeo and Juliet, we would like to start with some shorter texts including quotes discussing choices and consequences, poems such as Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” and short stories such as “The Necklace” and “The MostDangerous Game.” We will be discussing the alternate outcomes if different choices had been made. The students’ final paper and presentation will hopefully show their understanding of the importance of examining the outcomes that could possibly result when a choice is made; to realize that big decisions should not be taken lightly or made haphazardly; and how someone’s choice can affect more then only themselves. We have developed rubrics for the journals, the paper proposals, the written paper, and the class presentations that we will be asking of our students. Each grade in the unit will count towards their total points for the semester. With the journals we plan on offering a topic every day of the week (Monday through Friday), but only requiring students to write a minimum of three times each week. Each journal entry will be worth one point – for a possible total of 30 points. Students will have the option to write additional entries and earn an extra half-point for each one they write above the required three a week for extra credit. For example, if a student responds to every entry offered they could possibly earn 36 points out of 30 as a final journal grade. The students will be provided with a journal rubric checklist as a way for them to make sure that they are responding in their journals appropriately. We have also developed a rubric for the final paper proposal. We felt that this assignment was a way to allow the students to visually see and think through their proposed topic and receive feedback from us before they venture too far down one specific road. We want to give them the opportunity to determine if they can find enough evidence from the text to support their point. Our rubric for the paper focuses on three areas of writing with a possibility of 100 total points. Each section – persuasive content, clarity of writing, and timeliness – are ranked on ascale of one to three; the score for each section is multiplied by ten and added together; ten points are given automatically. And lastly we have the rubric for the presentations our students will give to the class. The students will use the rubrics to evaluate their classmates' presentations; ultimately determining which student had the most convincing argument. These rubrics will be the ballots by which the class casts its vote for the most pivotal moment in the play. Students will be evaluated and rated on their organization, style, use of visual aids, opinion, and enthusiasm. This assignment will have a total of 16 possible points. Major Texts Used in the Unit: “The Necklace” “The Most Dangerous Game” “The Road Not Taken” “Romeo and Juliet”Paper Requirements Checklist: ! choose a pivotal point in the plot ! explain what choice would be made differently ! explore possible outcomes that could result because of that changed decision ! use examples from the text to support argument of outcome Presentation Requirements Checklist: ! student states their case for why this decision is the most pivotal moment in the play ! student elaborates on the ways in which a changed decision in that moment would affect the outcome of the rest of the play ! student will attempt to persuade others to agree with their pivotal point choiceName________________________ Period________________________ Class Journal Checklist ! Developed: Writing includes examples, details, and quotes when appropriate. ! Thorough: Entries explore, reflect on, and communicate an idea. they go beyond the obvious instead of simply summarizing the plot. ! Improved: Improved effort in content and skill since last time. ! Format: All entries are dated and titled appropriately. ! Organization: Entries appear in chronological sequence or as otherwise assigned. ! Readable: Is legible, presentable, and coherent; someone else can read your entries easily. ! Notes: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Name________________________


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