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Fear and Conquering Fear Using writing to channel emotions productively Fall 2011 LAE4630 Daniel Do 2 TABLE OF CONTENTS TITLE Rationale Goals and Objectives Grade Distribution Materials Common Core Standards Unit Outline Daily Lessons Appendix Week One Week Two Week Three Week Four Week Five Bibliography PAGE NUMBER 3 6 8 10 11 14 36 36 45 51 65 68 70 3 RATIONALE It is a fairly safe assumption to say that emotions are driving forces It is difficult to pinpoint a significant work of art or piece of literature that was not created with the goal of either provoking emotions or as a way to channel them A romance novel could be either inspired by a yearning for love or it could invoke that very same yearning for love Anger and nationalism could stir up feelings of strength and unity and sadness could lead to a sense of longing As students near the end of their high school careers the realization of a real world after graduation suddenly looms on the horizon Nervousness uncertainty and the sudden end of childhood becomes a threat to everything that these students who have only been just students for the past 18 or so years have known The greatest emotion that would come into play here is fear Students will spend the unit focusing on several texts and novels that revolve or relate to fear These include William Golding s The Lord of the Flies Khaled Hosseini s The Kite Runner Kurt Vonnegut s Harrison Bergeron Excerpts from Niccolo Machiavelli s The Prince Franklin D Roosevelt s Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself speech Clips from the film Hotel Rwanda Clips from the film The Diary of Anne Frank The Lord of the Flies and The Kite Runner are the two primary texts that will anchor the unit William Golding s landmark novel was specifically chosen not just because of its place in the English literature canon but also because of the fact that it was written at the height of the Cold War The novel s plot revolves around the results of an unspecified nuclear war portraying

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