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?
- Students read and annotate Antigone, “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” and Pygmalion.
- Students write a literary analysis showing the effect of social class or the law on a character’s life.
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.
- How do social class and legal institutions shape literary characters’ lives (and presumably our lives)?
- How does social class affect a person in dealing with the law (protect a person, hurt a person)?
- 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.
“The Ruined Maid” Paraphrase
Vocabulary and British Terms in Pygmalion
“Letter From a Birmingham Jail” Important Ideas
Justice: Take a Stand
Justice: Take a Stand (Revisited)
Character Analysis Essay: Peer Advice
“Letter from a Birmingham Jail” Think Aloud
“The Ruined Maid” Think Aloud
“Letter From a Birmingham Jail” Repetition
References to Social Class in Pygmalion
- Antigone, the Law, and Social Class
Lesson 2Ancient Greek play by Sophocles
Lesson 3The Role Of The Chorus
Lesson 4The Oedipus Myth
Lesson 5Reading Groups
Lesson 6The Laws in Thebes
- Disobedience, Law, and Social Class
Lesson 7Civil Disobedience
Lesson 8A Letter from a Birmingham Jail.
Lesson 9Building A Convincing Argument
Lesson 10Comparisons To Law In Poetry
Lesson 11Group Discussion
- Pygmalion, the Law, and Social Class
Lesson 12The Greek Myth Pygmalion
Lesson 13The Ruined Maid Poem
Lesson 14Benchmark Assessment (Cold Write)
Lesson 17Act 3 At-Home Episode
Lesson 18Use of Irony
Lesson 19Reviewing Act 3 Events
Lesson 21Remarks About America
Lesson 22The Final Speech In The Play
Lesson 23Discussion On The Plays Ending