South Eastern School District

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A Raisin in the Sun: The Quest for the American Dream

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A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry is the focal point for discussion of "The American Dream" as students explore how the social, educational, economical and political climate of the 1950s affected African Americans' quest for the good life in the suburbs. Read the play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry with your students and you can enhance your discussion of "The American Dream" even while you and your students explore how the social, educational, economical and political climate of the 1950s affected African Americans' quest for "The American Dream."

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Assessment, Lesson Plan, Unit of Study

The Role of Gay Men and Lesbians in the Civil Rights Movement

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This series of lessons introduces students to four lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people of African descent and their allies. All fourŃJames Baldwin, Lorraine Hansberry, Pauli Murray, Bayard RustinŃwere indispensable to the ideas, strategies and activities that made the civil rights movement a successful political and social revolution.

Material Type: Lesson Plan, Reading, Unit of Study

Lunch Poems: Giovanni Singleton

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This reading celebrates the publication of "ascension," the first book of Poems by giovanni singleton, coordinator of Lunch Poems. She has recently been selected by the Poetry Society of America for its biennial New American Poets series. singleton is a recipient of a New Langton Bay Area Award Show for Literature and has been a fellow at Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Cave Canem: A Workshop for African-American Poets, and the Napa Valley WritersŐ Conference. She is founding editor of "nocturnes (re)view," a critically acclaimed journal dedicated to artists and writers of the African Diaspora and other contested spaces. (29 minutes)

Material Type: Lecture

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines - Reader's Guide

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A frustrated schoolteacher in 1940s Louisiana tries to give a condemned man back his dignity before he dies. Vivid and compassionate, this novel asks: Knowing we're going to die, how should we live? The Big Read Readerĺĺs Guide deepens your exploration with interviews, booklists, timelines, and historical information. We hope this guide and syllabus allow you to have fun with your students while introducing them to the work of a great American author.

Material Type: Reading

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston - Reader's Guide

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Zora Neale Hurston's vibrant novel presents Janie Mae Crawford's growth from a voiceless teenage girl into a woman who takes charge of her own destiny. The Big Read Readerĺĺs Guide deepens your exploration with interviews, booklists, time lines, and historical information. We hope this guide and syllabus allow you to have fun with your students while introducing them to the work of a great American author.

Material Type: Reading

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

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This collection uses primary sources to explore The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin. Digital Public Library of America Primary Source Sets are designed to help students develop their critical thinking skills and draw diverse material from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States. Each set includes an overview, ten to fifteen primary sources, links to related resources, and a teaching guide. These sets were created and reviewed by the teachers on the DPLA's Education Advisory Committee.

Material Type: Primary Source

Author: Samantha Gibson

Common Core Curriculum Grade 10 ELA: Making Evidence-Based Claims

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Making Evidence-Based Claims ELA/Literacy Units empower students with a critical reading and writing skill at the heart of the Common Core: making evidence-based claims about complex texts. These units are part of the Developing Core Proficiencies Program. This unit develops students' abilities to make evidence-based claims through activities based on a close reading of the Nobel Peace Prize Speeches of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and President Barack Obama.

Material Type: Primary Source, Reading, Teaching/Learning Strategy, Unit of Study

Arab Women Writers

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This blog is an initiative to celebrate and recognize Arab women writers, promote awareness of the breadth of their contributions to Arab and world culture, and create a focal point for information related to Arab women writers and their work. Information on books, generations of authors, a suggested reading list, references, upcoming events, and more is all available via the website. Books discussed have all been translated into English.

Material Type: Reading

Literature to Life: Zora!

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Zora Neale Hurston was one of the most important and celebrated figures to emerge from the Harlem Renaissance. Outspoken, spirited and gifted, Ms. Hurston was the most prolific African-American woman writer of the 1930's. Adapted from the theatrical biography of her life by Laurence Holder, this performance brings to life her story. The site includes a handout to help you and your students enjoy, prepare for, and discuss Zora. Included inside are background information, an introduction to our co-sponsors, Library of Congress LIVE and The American Place Theater, resources from the Library of Congress, and student activities.

Material Type: Lecture, Lesson Plan

Postcolonial Women Writers

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Professor Elleke Boehmer notes the distinct lack of women writers on the Post/Colonial Writing page of the Great Writers website, and explores why this is the case. She draws attention to the phenomenon of double colonization and, taking Scottish/South African author Zoe Wicomb as an example, looks at the marketing and publishing industries to discuss why postcolonial women writers are less well-known than their male counterparts. This audio recording is part the Interviews on Great Writers series presented by Oxford University Podcasts.

Material Type: Lecture

Author: Elleke Boehmer, Dominic Davies

The Poetry of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson - Teacher's Guide

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Although virtually unknown during her life, this visionary New England poet is now praised as one of America's most original writers. This Teachers Guide contains ten lessons to introduce students to the poetry of Emily Dickinson. Dickinson is not only one of the supreme lyric poets of American literature, she has also come to symbolize the purest kind of artistic vocation. Not merely unrecognized but virtually unpublished in her own lifetime, she developed her genius in the utmost privacy, invisible to all except a small circle of family and friends. Driven only by her own imagination, she created a body of work unsurpassed in its expressive originality, penetrating insight, and dark beauty. Each lesson has five components: a focus topic, discussion activities, writing exercises, vocabulary words, and homework assignments. In addition, we have suggested essay topics, as well as provided handouts with more background information about the poems, the historical period, and the author. All lessons dovetail with the state language arts standards required for poetry.

Material Type: Reading

Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson - Audio Guide

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When Ruth and her sister Lucille are abandoned in the isolated Idaho town of Fingerbone, their lives become intertwined with the legacy of loss that haunts the Foster family. This Audio Guide is packed with interviews, commentaries, and excerpts from the novel. Some of America's most celebrated writers, scholars, and actors have volunteered their time to make Big Read Audio Guides exciting additions to the classroom.

Material Type: Lecture

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan - Teacher's Guide

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In sixteen interwoven stories, Amy Tan's characters--four Chinese immigrant mothers and their American-raised daughters--struggle to connect despite the ghosts and secrets of the past. This Big Read Teachers Guide contains ten lessons to lead you through Amy Tans classic novel, The Joy Luck Club. Each lesson has four sections: a thematic focus, discussion activities, writing exercises, and homework assignments. In addition, we have provided capstone projects and suggested essay topics, as well as handouts with more background information about the novel, the historical period, and the author. All lessons dovetail with the state language arts standards required in the fiction genre.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan, Unit of Study

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers - Reader's Guide

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A teenage outcast, a drunken socialist, a black doctor, and a sad cafe owner confess their secrets to a deaf-mute, in Carson McCullers's dramatic story of poverty and racism in a 1930s Georgia mill town. The Big Read Readers Guide deepens your exploration with interviews, booklists, timelines, and historical information. We hope this guide and syllabus allow you to have fun with your students while introducing them to the work of a great American author.

Material Type: Reading

The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick - Audio Guide

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Rosa Lublin is a Holocaust survivor whose memories of a Nazi death camp continue to traumatize her thirty years later. Cynthia Ozick's heartbreakingly empathic novella achieves one of fiction's loftiest goals, giving readers insight into a stranger's heart. Cynthia Ozick's The Shawl audio guide features Peter Black, Dana Gioia, Anne Fadiman, Marion Ross, Diane Thiel, Elie Wiesel, Ruth Wisse, and author Cynthia Ozick.

Material Type: Lecture

My ́ntonia by Willa Cather - Teacher's Guide

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The spirited daughter of a Bohemian immigrant family plans to farm the untamed Nebraska land. Willa Cather's tale comes to us through the eyes of Antonia's childhood friend, Jim Burden. This Big Read Teacher$s Guide contains ten lessons to lead you through Willa Cather$s classic novel, My フ]tonia. Each lesson has four sections: a thematic focus, discussion activities, writing exercises, and homework assignments. In addition, we have provided capstone projects and suggested essay topics, as well as handouts with more background information about the novel, the historical period, and the author. All lessons dovetail with the state language arts standards required in the fiction genre.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan, Unit of Study