A Study of Persecution
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EWYL 2004                                                                                    by Steve Beaulieu & Brian Minklein








Content Area & Grade Level

This is an 8th grade Langauage Arts project designed to be used with HOLT Language Arts: Second Course (CA Standards) Unit 4


Understandings
Core Understandings:

1. Persecution, even on a small scale, can still lead to devastating consequences.

2. Analysis of non-fiction works of literature can lead to better understanding of human conditions.

3. Technology can be used to explore and share learning objectives.

Learning Objectives:

1. Students will create a video that analyzes current examples of persecution in the world today.

2. Students will create short informational powerpoint presentations on focused content research.
 
3. Students will create blogger "type" journals of responses to in-class activities.

4. Students will create informational posters about persecution and tolerence to be displayed around campus.

5. Students will write Response to Literature essays related the studied texts.

Essential Question:

How does cultural persecution affect the past, present and future of our world?

Standards

Powerpoint Point
California Content Standards
English and Language Arts, Grade Eight
Writing
Writing Strategies
Students write clear, coherent, and focused essays. The writing exhibits students' awareness of audience and purpose. Essays contain formal introductions, supporting evidence, and conclusions. Students progress through the stages of the writing process as needed.
Research and Technology

ELA.8.1.4. Plan and conduct multiple-step information searches by using computer networks and modems.

ELA.8.1.5. Achieve an effective balance between researched information and original ideas.

Writing Applications (Genres and Their Characteristics)
Students write narrative, expository, persuasive, and descriptive essays of at least 500 to 700 words in each genre. Student writing demonstrates a command of standard American English and the research, organizational, and drafting strategies outlined in Writing Standard 1.0.

Using the writing strategies of grade eight outlined in Writing Standard 1.0, students:

ELA.8.2.3. Write research reports:
a. Define a thesis.
b. Record important ideas, concepts, and direct quotations from significant information sources and paraphrase and summarize all perspectives on the topic, as appropriate.
c. Use a variety of primary and secondary sources and distinguish the nature and value of each.
d. Organize and display information on charts, maps, and graphs.

English and Language Arts, Grade Eight
Listening and Speaking
Speaking Applications (Genres and Their Characteristics)
Students deliver well-organized formal presentations employing traditional rhetorical strategies (e.g., narration, exposition, persuasion, description). Student speaking demonstrates a command of standard American English and the organizational and delivery strategies outlined in Listening and Speaking Standard 1.0.

Using the speaking strategies of grade eight outlined in Listening and Speaking Standard 1.0, students:

ELA.8.2.3. Deliver research presentations:
a. Define a thesis.
b. Record important ideas, concepts, and direct quotations from significant information sources and paraphrase and summarize all relevant perspectives on the topic, as appropriate.
c. Use a variety of primary and secondary sources and distinguish the nature and value of each.
d. Organize and record information on charts, maps, and graphs.




Journal Project

California Content Standards

English and Language Arts, Grade Eight
Reading

Literary Response and Analysis
Students read and respond to historically or culturally significant works of literature that reflect and enhance their studies of history and social science. They clarify the ideas and connect them to other literary works.

Narrative Analysis of Grade-Level-Appropriate Text

ELA.8.3.3. Compare and contrast motivations and reactions of literary characters from different historical eras confronting similar situations or conflicts.

ELA.8.3.4. Analyze the relevance of the setting (e.g., place, time, customs) to the mood, tone, and meaning of the text.

ELA.8.3.5. Identify and analyze recurring themes (e.g., good versus evil) across traditional and contemporary works.

Literary Criticism

ELA.8.3.7. Analyze a work of literature, showing how it reflects the heritage, traditions, attitudes, and beliefs of its author. (Biographical approach)

English and Language Arts, Grade Eight
Writing

Writing Applications (Genres and Their Characteristics)
Students write narrative, expository, persuasive, and descriptive essays of at least 500 to 700 words in each genre. Student writing demonstrates a command of standard American English and the research, organizational, and drafting strategies outlined in Writing Standard 1.0.

Using the writing strategies of grade eight outlined in Writing Standard 1.0, students:

ELA.8.2.2. Write responses to literature:
a. Exhibit careful reading and insight in their interpretations.
b. Connect the student's own responses to the writer's techniques and to specific textual references.
c. Draw supported inferences about the effects of a literary work on its audience.
d. Support judgments through references to the text, other works, other authors, or to personal knowledge.




Video / Poster Project

California Content Standards

English and Language Arts, Grade Eight
Writing

Writing Strategies
Students write clear, coherent, and focused essays. The writing exhibits students' awareness of audience and purpose. Essays contain formal introductions, supporting evidence, and conclusions. Students progress through the stages of the writing process as needed.

Research and Technology

ELA.8.1.5. Achieve an effective balance between researched information and original ideas.

English and Language Arts, Grade Eight
Listening and Speaking

Listening and Speaking Strategies
Students deliver focused, coherent presentations that convey ideas clearly and relate to the background and interests of the audience. They evaluate the content of oral communication.

Organization and Delivery of Oral Communication

ELA.8.1.3. Organize information to achieve particular purposes by matching the message, vocabulary, voice modulation, expression, and tone to the audience and purpose.

Analysis and Evaluation of Oral and Media Communications

ELA.8.1.9. Interpret and evaluate the various ways in which visual image makers (e.g., graphic artists, illustrators, news photographers) communicate information and affect impressions and opinions.


California Content Standards

English and Language Arts, Grade Eight
Listening and Speaking

Listening and Speaking Strategies
Students deliver focused, coherent presentations that convey ideas clearly and relate to the background and interests of the audience. They evaluate the content of oral communication.

Organization and Delivery of Oral Communication

ELA.8.1.3. Organize information to achieve particular purposes by matching the message, vocabulary, voice modulation, expression, and tone to the audience and purpose.

Analysis and Evaluation of Oral and Media Communications

ELA.8.1.9. Interpret and evaluate the various ways in which visual image makers (e.g., graphic artists, illustrators, news photographers) communicate information and affect impressions and opinions.