Core 1:

  1. Write-on: Is public education a privilege or a right?
  2. Read “The Case for Public Schools” by Horace Mann
    • What key points does he raise about public education?
    • What evidence does he use to prove them?
    • How is his vision different from the reality of public education?
  3. Extensions: Answer the following question in the image:

horracemann_2.jpgCore 2:

  1. Write-on: What is the difference between respect and fear?
  2. Read Chapter 6 of Roll of Thunder.
    • In graphic organizer form (of your choosing) write down who is respected and who is feared.
    • Which characters are neither respected or feared?
      • How does this affect them?
  3. Who is respected or feared out the pictures we looked at from the 1930s?
  4. Extension: Finish Graphic Organizer and Chapter 6 for Tomorrow.

Core 3:

  1. Write-on: What is the difference between stubbornness and spite?
  2. Review metaphors:
  3. Finish Act III:
    • Why is Shylock so obsessed with “his bond?”
    • What deal have Lorenzo and Portia struck?
    • How does Jessica’s conversion affect others’ actions (Shylock’s, Portia’s, Lorenzo’s)?
  4. Extensions:
    • Prepare for Act IV: What do you expect to see at a trial?

Core 4:

  1. Reflect-on: On the back of your essay, write down a reflection of how your essay writing has changed as a result of our in-depth look at it? (You can also reflect on how well you think you did on the essay itself.)
  2. Read Pied Piper of Hamelin:
    • How can music create changes in the ways people feel and act? Are
      these changes always positive? What are some examples of ways in which
      music may have affected events in history?
    • What assumptions did the Mayor make about the Piper?
    • What was the Piper’s point of view about how he was treated? Were his actions justified? Why or why not?
    • What is the lesson of the poem?
    • Why do you think the Piper chose music to charm the rats and the children?
    • What did the Piper mean by the words, “And folks who put me in a passion/ May find me pipe after another fashion”?
    • Why was no one able to stop the children?
    • How did the Piper persuade the Mayor to allow him to get rid of the
      rats? What evidence did the Piper use to support his argument?
  3. Extensions:
    • Answer the following question in a paragraph: Should the mayor have paid the Piper? Why or Why not?

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