4-6 Informative Analysis Essays (include 1 Argumentative Essay) Informative/Explanatory – In “Byron Yee: Discovering a Paper Son,” Byron Yee describes the plight of Chinese immigrants arriving in America. Write a letter from the perspective of a “paper son,” like Byron Yee’s father, arriving in America for the first time. Write to your family and describe your experiences. Use the public document you have read to add details to your letter.
Informative/Explanatory - Using the two texts, “Three Century Woman” and “The Fall of the Hindenburg”, complete the graphic organizer on page 21. Compare and contrast the actual historical event and the stories told by great grandmother Breckinridge. Refer to and cite great grandma’s comments to the reporters to reflect insight into her character.
Informative/Explanatory - Using evidence from the story, “Papa’s Parrot,” explain why Harry and his friends visit Mr. Tillian after school, then infer why Harry and his friends stopped visiting him as they grew older. Analyze why Mr. Tillian bought Rocky (the cause) and how that affects their relationship. Why Does Harry react the way he does when Rocky says, “Where’s Harry?” and “Miss him!”
Informative/Explanatory – This big question for this 9 week period is: What is the best way to find the truth? Using the knowledge you have gained from reading passages in this unit, what can passages about events in history and from our past teach us about ourselves?
Narrative - detailing a real or imaginative experience – Different people have different ideas about what is true. Their ideas depend on how they perceive, or see, the world or what they believe. Write a story from an experience in your childhood about what you thought was true (the tooth fairy, the boogey man).
Narrative – After reading The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks, think about the contrasting (opposite) values of greed and caring. Think about how the lord’s greed failed, in the end, to get him what he wanted, and how Yasuko and Shozo’s caring and selflessness resulted in a happy ending for the two of them. Write a brief one page narrative about a time in your life when greed or kindness ruled your decision-making. How did it feel to be greedy? To be kind?
Argumentative– You have read “Papa’s Parrot.” The Big Question is “What is the best way to find the truth?” In “Papa’s Parrot,” Rocky, the parrot, reveals the truth about Mr. Tillian missing his son. Using your knowledge of the text, consider if it would have been better for Harry to have learned the truth from his father instead of the parrot. Decide which way to learn the truth is better and cite evidence from the text to support your claim.
2-3 Short Research Connections: Hindenburg – have students do research on zeppelins: their design, origin, history, amenities, and reasons for its disaster.
Samurai – research the life of samurai and how their lifestyle was- is there a place for those types of behaviors in today’s society? Art project on samurai soldiers, lifestyle, culture
Dramatic reading – Papa’s Parrot – p. 47 “Listening and Speaking” A rubric for grading is on page 183.
Routine Writing Examples
p. 76 – Paper Son – How did Byron Yee begin to find the truth about his father’s immigration to the United States?
p. 2 – Make a list of things you know to be true.
p. 2 – Write a story from childhood
pp. 6-7 – Elements and types of fiction and nonfiction
Reality Central – p. 31 – After reading the article “Return to Humanity,” do you think events in our lives shape the truth of who we are? If so, how much?
compare and contrast characters
After reading The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks – write what you think life was like for Yasuko and Shozo after they were rescued. Infer what you think their life will be like based on what you have learned about them from the story.