In this unit, students continue to develop their understanding of identity formation and transformation from Units 1 and 2, focusing their study of identity through the lens of gender roles. Students first return to the central text from Unit 2, Pygmalion, and explore how gender played a role in Eliza Doolittle’s experience. Then they begin a short research project on the role that media and advertising play in our understanding of what roles men and women are supposed to fulfill. Unit 3 centers on research standards W.7.6 and W.7.7 and addresses some aspects of W.7.8. Students will be introduced to the research process and conduct a short research project in which they explore how advertisements portray stereotypical gender roles and the impact that has on an individual’s sense of self. As a class, students read several articles about gender roles and advertising to build their skills as researchers. They use a researcher’s notebook to collect notes and paraphrase.
Then, on their own, they read additional articles, gathering relevant information, asking supporting research questions, and practicing how to take detailed notes and properly cite their sources. In the Mid-Unit 3 Assessment, students will answer selected-response questions about a research text that the class has not yet discussed. In the End of Unit 3 Assessment, they will synthesize the information they gathered in their research into several paragraphs. (Both assessments focus on W.7.7 and W.7.8, but the Mid-Unit 3 Assessment focuses more on gathering relevant information and asking questions, while the end of unit assessment focuses more on paraphrasing and synthesizing information to answer a research question.) As a final performance task, students write an advertisement analysis and create a “counter ad” as they deconstruct a print advertisement that portrays gender stereotypes and then recreate it without using those stereotypes. This task focuses on NYSP12 ELA CCLS W.7.2, W.7.4, W.7.6, W.7.7, W.7.8, SL.7.1b, L.7.1, L.7.2, L.7.3, and L.7.6.