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Slavery & A Nation Divided

Texts:

  • Background Information on 1850-1900 (in textbook)
  • Civil War Women's Biographies
  • "An Episode of War" by Stephen Crane
  • "Willie Has Gone to the War"
  • Slave Spritiuals: "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot", "Go Down Moses", "Follow the Drinking Gourd"
  • An excerpt from Frederick Douglass's "My Bondage and My Freedom"
  • Excerpts from Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

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Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • Develop empathy for the plight of African Americans living in America as slaves during the 1800's.
  • Analyze author's craft for meaning and eliciting emotion from the reader.
  • Synthesize the complex relationships between slaves and their owners based on their comprehension of the text(s).
  • Compose their own spirituals and stories of escape based on the empathy they have developed from their reading and our discussion.
  • Model appropriate behavior where all people are accepted regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, etc.

Common Core Standards:

  •   11.RL.1 "Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text..."

  • 11.RIT.1 "Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text..."

  • 11.RIT.3 "Analyze a complex set of ideas or sequence of events and explain how specific individuals, ideas or events interact and develop over the course of the text".
  • 11.RIT.2 "Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text..."
  • 11.RIT.5 "Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the structure an author uses in her or her exposition or arguement..."
  • 11.RIT.7 "Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats..."
  • 11.W.1 "Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics of texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence".
  •  11.W.4 "Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization and style are appropriate to task, purpose and audience".
  • 11.SL.1 "Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions..."
  • 11.SL.3 "Evaluate a speaker's point of view..."
  • 11.SL.4 "Present information, findings and supporting evidence, conveying a clear and distinct perspective, such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning..."
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