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The laws that govern and the social norms that regulate society are not always fair, legal, moral, or ethical. What is a person to do about all this injustice? What are the hazards of righting injustices or changing social norms? And what are the dangers of doing nothing?

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  1. Students read and annotate Antigone, “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” and Pygmalion.
  2. Students write a literary analysis showing the effect of social class or the law on a character’s life.

GUIDING QUESTIONS

These questions are a guide to stimulate thinking, discussion, and writing on the themes and ideas in the unit. For complete and thoughtful answers and for meaningful discussions, students must use evidence based on careful reading of the texts.

  1. How do social class and legal institutions shape literary characters’ lives (and presumably our lives)?
  2. How does social class affect a person in dealing with the law (protect a person, hurt a person)?
  3. How is social class determined in America and in other places in the world?

BENCHMARK ASSESSMENT: Cold Read

During this unit, on a day of your choosing, we recommend you administer a Cold Read to assess students’ reading comprehension. For this assessment, students read a text they have never seen before and then respond to multiple-choice and constructed-response questions. The assessment is not included in this course materials.

Subject:
English Language Arts, Reading Informational Text, Reading Literature, Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Level:
High School
Grade:
12
Provider:
Pearson
Tags:
Paraphrasing, Vocabulary, Argument, Human Rights, Justice, Grade 12 ELA, Poetry, Writing, Literature, W.H. Auden, Injustice, Iowa K-12 Curriculum, Reading, Annotation, Civil Disobedience, Narratives, Love, George Bernard Shaw, Martin Luther King, Jr., Informational Texts, Character Analysis, Shakespeare, Persuasion, Social Change, Thebes, Pygmalion, Iowa K-12 E-Curriculum, Oedipus, Thoreau, Groups, Greek Mythology, Norms, Mythology, Law, Antigone, LAWS
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Unit 3 Social Class and the Law
Social Class and the Law

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