Core 1:

  1. Write-On: Why are beliefs powerful?
  2. Discuss and view Belief Statement Essays as genre:
    1. Tony Hawk
    2. Rick Moody
    3. Sarah Adams
    4. Harold Taw
  3. Explore essays and talk about what makes a belief statement important.

Core 2:

  1. Write-On: What is your initial reaction when you are attacked (verbally, physically, emotionally)? What is the country’s first reaction when it is attacked? Why?
  2. Read “Entire City Put on War Footing”.
  3. How have we changed from this time period? How have our traditions of xenophobia stayed the same?

Core 3:

  1. Go over definitions for Vocabulary Unit 2.
  2. Have students draw a picture next to each word to help them remember the definitions.
  3. Play Vocabulary Basketball with students so as to solidify definitions, synonyms, antonyms, parts of speech, and contextual meaning.

Core 4:

  1. Write-On: How can music persuade you to feel a certain emotion. Describe the process by which music can change mood.
  2. Listen (do not watch) to Shawshank Redemption music and describe the images that you think go along with this music.
  3. View the images and compare to your predictions.
  4. Read the Pied Piper of Hamelin and discuss musical persuasion.

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