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ENG11H Realism 6-Outcasts of Poker Flat

ENG11H Realism 6-Outcasts of Poker Flat



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Mr Josh Cauhorn / English 11 Honors1
6-Regionalism and “The Outcasts of Poker Flat”
~45 mins
IDOE Standards Covered 
Standard 3: READING: Comprehension and Analysis of Literary Text
Students read and respond to grade-level appropriate historically or culturally significantworks of literature that reflect and enhance their study of history and social science.
Structural Features of Literature: Analyze characteristics of subgenres, types of writings such as satire, parody, allegory, and pastoral that are used in poetry, prose,plays, novels, short stories, essays, and other basic genres.• Satire: using humor to point out weaknesses of people and society.• Parody: using humor to imitate or mock a person or situation.• Allegory: using symbolic figures and actions to express general truths abouthuman experiences.• Pastoral: showing life in the country in an idealistic - and not necessarilyrealistic - way.
Analyze or evaluate works of literary or cultural significance in history (American,English, or world) that:
reflect a variety of genres in each of the respective historical periods.
were written by important authors in the respective major historical periods.
reveal contrasts in major themes, styles, and trends.
reflect or shed light on the seminal philosophical, religious, social, political, or ethical ideas of their time.
Explain Regionalism’s importance in the cultural history of the United States.(11.3.1., 11.3.5)1.1Describe the key identifiers of Regionalism in literature: use of dialect anda focus on the unique aspects of a specific area.1.2Analyze the ways in which Regionalism accurately depicts real life in1800’s America.1.3Analyze specific stereotypical characters, a key aspect of Regionalism.
Prepare clip from
The Breakfast Club.
Prepare PowerPoint for this lesson.
0-10 mins // Introduction and Anticipatory Set
“Today, we are going to explore more of Regionalism by looking at Bret Harte’s shortstory “The Outcasts of Poker Flat.” This is a pretty difficult work, so we’re going to talkabout it before we read it, so that when you read it for tomorrow, you have a basicworking knowledge of the story to work with. Something typical in the story is how thecharacters are a stereotype of a certain kind of person, and this is somewhatrepresented—some more than others—in the name of that person. Stereotypicalcharacters are also used in the 1980’s movie
The Breakfast Club,
which is about agroup of outcasts serving a detention on a Saturday morning at a high school.”
Show PowerPoint of the five characters, pointing out their specific high school roles(jock, trouble guy, quiet girl, cheerleader, etc.). Ask students to pay attention and beable to state what makes them this way in the clip. What do they say/do that puts themin their roles? Show YouTube clip.Discuss results. Write on board.
10-30 mins // Introduce new material
“Just like in
The Breakfast Club,
“The Outcasts of Poker Flat” contains stereotypes of characters. Now, this read is a more difficult one, so we are going to study it a bit beforeI have you read it for tomorrow. To study today, we’ll be doing a character study, ingroups, and look into each character in depth. Here are the directions for today:”
 –In 5 groups, skim the short story, looking for your character’s name. When yofind it, pull out the surrounding details about your character.
Be sure to write down the following things in the shaded space next to your character. Write about their appearance, disposition (are they kind, funny, mean,etc.), and one thing they do in the story. –You have 15 minutes.
30-40 mins // Present to Class
Students will now present their results to the class. The class will write down the detailsabout the characters being described as each respective group presents.
40-45 mins // Closure and Journal Writing
“Today, we looked a bit at the characters in “The Outcasts of Poker Flat.” I did this togive you an introduction to who they are, so that you can better understand the storybefore you read it. It is a bit difficult; be sure to use the bolded words in the margins tounderstand the vocabulary. Here is your journal question for today:“Do you see yourself in a stereotype? Are you subject to one? Or do you see yourself outside of stereotypes, free of the restrictions they bring?”THERE WILL BE A QUIZ TOMORROW OVER THE READING. EMPHASIZE THATTHEY ARE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES—FORMATIVE ASSESSMENTS.

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