1st Quarter is 43 days
Teach a new vocab. word each day.
2. Unit 1: Part 1 (approx. 3 weeks)
The World on the Turtle's Back
How the earth was created
Song of the Sky Loom
A prayer to Mother Earth and Father Sky
Hunting Song/Dinni-e Sin
Deer are drawn to this song.
Okanogan retold by Mourning Dove
Coyote and the Buffalo
Fox and Coyote and Whale
Trickster tales from the Northwest
Leslie Marmon Silko
The Man to Send Rain Clouds
A ceremony in the desert Southwest
August - September
1. Unit 1: Part 2 (approx. 3 weeks)
Foreigners in a strange land
Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca
from La Relación
Struggles to survive in an unknown land
from Of Plymouth Plantation
The Pilgrims find a new home.
from The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano
Harrowing experiences aboard a slave ship
William Least Heat-Moon
from Blue Highways
Making discoveries in your own land
My Sojourn in the Land of My Ancestors
An American finds sorrow and joy in her African heritage.
September – The Witch Hunt Phenomenon
1. The Crucible
Unit 2: Part 1 (3 weeks)
2. This includes a class project on various topics related to The Crucible
3. “The Devil and Tom Walker” would work well as an intro to the play.
1. Revolution Unit (3 weeks) – Breaking away from authority
The Right to Be Free
Speech in the Virginia Convention
A fiery call to arms
The Declaration of Independence
Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness
Olympe de Gouges
LINK ACROSS CULTURES
from The Declaration of the Rights of Women
A French revolutionary demands equality for women.
Letter to the Rev. Samson Occom
An early African-American poet has her say.
Letter to John Adams
A Revolutionary woman speaks her mind.
from Poor Richard's Almanack
Wit and wisdom from an American original
Martin Luther King, Jr.
from Stride Toward Freedom
the classic call for nonviolent resistance
Malcolm X Interviewed by Les Crane
Necessary to Protect Ourselves
A counter call to do "whatever is necessary" for protection
from I Am Joaquín/Yo Soy Joaquín
An assertion of Chicano identity and pride
1. Unit 3: Part 2 – American Gothic Unit – Looking Inward
The Dark Side of Individualism
Edgar Allan Poe
2 week study
"The Masque of the Red Death"
"The Fall of the House of Usher"
from Danse Macabre
Southern Gothics Unit – 3 week study
LINK ACROSS CULTURES
Works by the master of melancholy and two writers he influenced
"Dr. Heidegger's Experiment"
Is the fountain of youth an illusion?
"A Rose for Emily"
The secrets of a human heart
"The Life You Save May Be Your Own"
A deceiver is deceived.
I know from experience that I cannot cover all of these selections and do vocabulary, but this is what the outline looks like for now. It doesn’t look like it’s enough for the whole semester, but I have always run out of time.
1. Unit 3 – Part 1: Romanticism & Transcendentalism (3 weeks)
I don’t usually get to all of these works, but I’m leaving them in as options for now.
2. Finding peace
Celebrations of the Self
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A Psalm of Life
The purpose of life expressed in rhyme and meter
Ralph Waldo Emerson
from Self Reliance
Wise words from an American philosopher
Henry David Thoreau
from Civil Disobedience
The power of the individual conscience
Mohandas K. Gandhi
LINK ACROSS CULTURES
On Civil Disobedience
A 20th-century leader echoes Thoreau.
Henry David Thoreau
A famous nonconformist's experiment in simple living
I Hear America Singing
I Sit and Look Out
from Song of Myself
An American original
William Carlos Williams
A "happy genius" has some fun.
anyone lived in a pretty how town
An unusual telling of a love story
Luis J. Rodriguez
How would you feel if Tía Chucha were your aunt?
Share the last laugh with the author.
1. Unit 4: Part 1 Slavery & The Civil War (3 weeks)
2. When peace doesn’t work
A House Divided
from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
The grueling experience of a field slave
James Russell Lowell
Stanzas on Freedom
A new definition of slavery
Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
Taking a stand with what you wear
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
The last thoughts of a condemned man
A Mystery of Heroism
A hero or a fool?
A brief speech—a timeless message
from Coming of Age in Mississippi
College students challenge segregation.
Ballad of Birmingham
A tragedy remembered
1. Unit 4: Part 2 – The Vanishing Frontier
2. Mark Twain Unit – 3 weeks
3. Looking for new land
Tricksters and Trailblazers
Retold by José Griego y Maestas
Translated by Rudolfo A. Anaya
The Indian and the Hundred Cows/El indito de las cien vacas
God helps those who help themselves.
I Will Fight No More Forever
The heartbreaking voice of defeat
from The Autobiography of Mark Twain
from Life on the Mississippi
The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
The First Jumping Frog
Selections from America's favorite humorist
A Wagner Matinee
A touching portrait of a pioneer woman
The Legend of Gregorio Cortez
A legendary hero who would not bend
April (3-4 weeks)
1. Unit 5: Part 1 Women's Voices, Women's Lives
2. ACT prep
3. A different side of the story
Women's Voices, Women's Lives
This is my letter to the World
'Hope' is the thing with feathers--
Success is counted sweetest
Much Madness is divinest Sense
Letter to T. W. Higginson (April 15, 1862)
My life closed twice before its close
After great pain, a formal feeling comes
I Heard a Fly buzz—when I died
Because I could not stop for Death
Selected poems and a letter
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Yellow Wallpaper
Who is trapped in the wallpaper?
Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English
from Complaints and Disorders
A look at 19th-century women and their doctors
The Story of an Hour
What a difference an hour makes.
Conflicts and kisses in a teenage girl's life
A girl's daydreams of womanhood
I Stand Here Ironing
Summing up a daughter's life
Ironing Their Clothes
Loving feelings spread out on an ironing board
1. Of Mice & Men (3 weeks)
2. Fighting for the dream
Extra Material if there is Extra Time:
1. Unit 5:Part 2 The American Dream
The American Dream
Not one of those little soft cities
Edgar Lee Masters
A woman who took what life had to offer
Edwin Arlington Robinson
Appearances can be deceiving.
He escapes into the legendary past.
Paul Laurence Dunbar
"We Wear the Mask"
A mask to hide the hurt
Understanding the plight of a caged bird
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Can happiness be more than just a dream?
"America and I"
Finding the true America
"The New Immigrants"
Millions seek a better life in the United States.
"In the American Society"
Smart guys think in advance.
Naomi Shihab Nye
"My Father and the Figtree"
A dreamer's imaginings come true.
"Defining the Grateful Gesture"
Plates heaped with food and gratitude
Lorna Dee Cervantes
Orphaned from her Spanish name