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Grade Level: Overview



English Language Arts Curriculum Objectives


2 x 60minutes classes

Students will read and engage with Chapters 6-7 of the text, focusing specifically on the relationship between Cassia and her grandfather. Students will gain insight into the idea of an individual exercising agency, to possibly ignite a social revolution (by using the poem her grandfather revealed to her in her artifact)– and whether it’s better to stand up against society, or abandon individuality (throw out the hidden poem) and conform.

1.3 express a position to an audience and consider the audience’s responses when explaining their position 1.4 listen critically to analyze and evaluate to formulate and refine opinions and ideas 3.1 demonstrate active listening and respect for others – analyze the positions of others 7.1 examine the different aspects of texts that contribute to meaning and effect 7.6 respond critically to various texts 8.2 use note-making, illustrations, and other ways of representing to reconstruct knowledge 9.3 analyze and reflect on others’ responses to their writing and multimedia projects and consider those responses in creating new pieces

Deciding what is most important: Individual Agency vs. Social Conformity
Teacher Guide Ice Breaker/Opener
(Exercise to introduce the topic/bring in focus)

Student Adaptations Materials Needed  Matched notebook.  Note-making materials.  Writing Journals.

Students will begin by answering the writing prompt questions for their assigned homework reading – Chapter 5.

(Give and/or demonstrate necessary introductory info to subject matter)

Re-cap of everything that has happened up until this point in the novel, in addition to discussing any interesting points that came up in Chapter 5.

(Describe the independent and/or group activity for students to gain better understanding of material)

The first class will begin by collectively reading Chapter 6. Students will be given time to discuss (in small groups of 4-5) their views of what is happening in this chapter. As a group, they should record the key points from their discussion to bring back to the general class. The remainder of the class will be 30minutes of Silent Reading (as there is a requirement of silent reading). They will read Chapter 7 of the novel during this period. If there is time left in this lesson, an explanation of the activity for the following day will occur. What’s Hidden in Your Artifact? In Chapter 7, readers learn Cassia’s grandparents have hidden a small poem within a secret compartment of her golden compact artifact. This poem is a dangerous piece of information, however it was one of her grandfather’s dying wishes to make sure he informed her of its existence. Students will put themselves in Cassia’s shoes, deciding to either use her compact as their artifact OR come up with an artifact of their own. Regardless of their artifact, they will choose some form of information: a poem, song, fact, idea, picture etc. that they feel is extremely important, and knowledge so valuable that it’s worth hiding. Once they have identified the article of information, they should create a 3-5minute presentation on the information they would hide – and justification for why they would hide it. They should also address what effects they hope it will have on the person (Cassia in this case) when they learn about it. For students who have finished earlier, they can complete their journal entry for (using the writing prompts) for Chapter 7. .

Other Resources  Whiteboard

(Activities for further study into content material for students who have completed activities ahead of time.)

(Allow for questions/clarification on the subject from students – reinforce original objectives and lesson purpose)

Students will be encouraged to have a general discussion about the effects of planting a seed that is bound to evoke change in a society that strives for uniformity and conformity, rather than individuality.

Additional Notes

(Assigned work for remaining class period, homework, or following class i.e. test, project etc)

Students will be assessed on their Hidden Artifact Presentation.