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 you find 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.