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Betrayal, Crucible, Doll's House, Death of a Salesman, The Glass Menagerie, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, King Lear, Macbeth, Medea, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, Pygmalion


Bell Jar, Candide, Catcher in the Rye, Heart of Darkness, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Lord of the Flies, Metamorphosis, A Separate Peace, Shipping News, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Things Fall Apart


Beowulf (Heaney translation), Cisneros Poetry and Fiction 3, Poetry Guide, The Shakespearean Sonnet

Most Guides Contain:

1. Unit Guide Ideas:

  • A unit plan with suggested student assignments and teaching strategies
  • Suggested support literature--poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, art, and criticism
  • Build-A-Course, Build-A-Unit, Sample Homework Assignments
  • Impressions of how to teach the work effectively...what to emphasize, big concepts

2. Guided Instructions for Unit Teaching Strategies:

  • Including Literary Analysis Format, Own-A-Term, Own-A-Poem, What if?, Socratic Seminars, Philosophical Chairs (group debate)

3. Annotated Plot/Style Quizzes:

  • These "as you read it" quizzes provide the springboard for discussion.  Most answers cite chapter/page or act/scene/line
  • Novels--one quiz for approximately each 60-75 page section
  • Five Act Plays - one quiz per act
  • Two Act Plays - one quiz per act
  • Questions focus on three identified levels: content, style, and universal implications

4. Selected Close-Reading Passages with Strategies

  • Significant passages with specific instructions for analysis

5. Unit Final Test:

  • Group tests with instructions for group short-answer essay tests
  • Small groups (5 or 6) select and assign questions, have 15 minutes to collectively brainstorm responses, 20 minutes to write individual responses, and 15 minutes to collectively edit essays.
  • Some units include scoring rubrics and sample student responses

6. AP*-Style Essay Tests:

  • Selected prompts from former AP* Literature or Language Exams
  • Nine point scoring rubrics
  • Many units include sample student work

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