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ERIC Number: ED467682
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 64
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Relating Personal Heritage to America's Fight for Independence.
Kirby, Daniel
This unit of study is geared toward a heterogeneous eighth grade language arts class. The unit's goal is to show students that the American story chronicled in "My Brother Sam Is Dead" is not simply a story about a series of events that occurred in the past but about taking pride in your heritage and not being afraid to fight back when your liberties are being taken away. The hope is that in reading this novel, students will delve into their own heritage. According to the unit, "My Brother Sam Is Dead" has many themes that adolescents can relate to--for example, the theme of rebellion is prominent, as is identity. While Sam Meeker has embroiled himself in the fight for independence, his younger brother Tim struggles with the conflicting views about the revolution within his own family. Adolescence is a time when many students are beginning to form their own identities, and they can follow along with the Meeker brothers struggling with similar issues. Although it is sometimes difficult for students to relate to a story set in the 18th century, many different lesson ideas and varied approaches have been incorporated into the unit to provide a balanced study of the historical novel. The unit is divided into these parts: I. Lesson Plans 1-5 with handouts; II. Lesson Plans 6-10 with handouts; III. Overall Purpose and Modifications for Inclusion; IV. Assessment and Evaluation of Unit; V. Quizzes and Test; VI. Study Guide and Discussion Questions; VII. Integration with Other Content; and VIII. Bibliography. (NKA)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A