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ELA G8:M2A:U3

Performance Task: Readers Theater: Taking a Stand in Maycomb

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In this third unit, students will analyze key quotes that reflect the overarching themes they studied in Units 1 and 2. Students will form small groups and be assigned one of the quotes as the basis of a Readers Theater script. Students will craft their script by selecting critical scenes from the novel that develop the theme in the quote.

For the mid-unit assessment, students will write a short commentary that explains how the passage develops the main idea of the anchor quote. For the end of unit assessment, students will write a commentary on how their script is a response to To Kill a Mockingbird and how it connects to and diverges from the novel. The final performance task will be a presentation of the Readers Theater script by the small group. This Readers Theater final performance task centers on NYSP12 ELA standards RL.2, RL.8.3, W.8.4, and W.8.11b.

Unit-at-a-Glance

Each unit is made up of a sequence of between 5-20 lessons. The “unit at a glance” chart in the curriculum map breaks down each unit into its lessons, to show how the curriculum is organized in terms of standards address, supporting targets, ongoing assessment, and protocols. It also indicates which lessons include the mid-unit and end-of-unit assessments.

Big Ideas & Guiding Questions

  • How does taking a stand in small ways show integrity?
  • Is it worth taking a stand for one’s self? For others?
  • Authors use the structure of texts to create style and convey meaning.
  • Authors use allusions to layer deeper meaning in the text.

Content Connections

Big ideas and guiding questions are informed by the New York State Common Core K–8 Social Studies Framework: Unifying Themes (pages 6 and 7).

Theme 1: Individual Development and Cultural Identity

  • The role of social, political, and cultural interactions supports the development of identity.
  • Personal identity is a function of an individual’s culture, time, place, geography, interaction with groups, influences from institutions, and lived experiences.

Theme 5: Development and Transformation of Social Structures

  • Role of social class, systems of stratification, social groups, and institution.
  • Role of gender, race, ethnicity, education, class, age, and religion in defining social structures within a culture
  • Social and political inequalities
  • Expansion and access of rights through concepts of justice and human rights

Texts

Texts to buy

Texts that need to be procured. Please refer to Trade Book List for procurement guidance.

Cover Text Quantity ISBNs
To Kill A Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
One per student
ISBN: 978-0446314862, 0446314862

Texts included in the unit

Texts that are included in the lesson materials.

Cover Text Quantity Publisher
"Ain’t I a Woman?”
by Sojourner Truth
Those Winter Sundays
by Robert Hayden
The Great Society
by Lyndon Johnson
1964
Solitude
by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
1883
Incident
by Countee Cullen
1925
Equal Rights For Women
by Shirley Chisholm
1969

Assessments

ELA G8:M2A:U3:L1

ELA G8:M2A:U3:L4

End-of-Unit Assessment

Optional Activities

Experts

Invite in a play director or an actor to speak to students about the kinds of decisions he or she makes to improve the audience understanding of the message being communicated in a performance.

Fieldwork

Take the class to a Readers Theater performance so students can see what it looks like in action.

Service

N/A

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