2010 - 2011 CAPs

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The Romantic Era and the Advanced Placement 2010 - 2011

by Sue Costagliola East Meadow School District

Advanced Placement Literature and Composition is a course that offers students a wonderful opportunity to intensely study major literary works, genres, periods, forms, and authors; in terms of poetry alone it is unique, in fact, because of the degree to which students are involved in the intense study of it as a subject itself, not as a supplement to another unit. This Curriculum Area Project (CAP) reflects this, and it features a survey of poetic works from the Romantic period in addition to culminating in a unit devoted to a defining Romantic novel: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. This CAP is designed to be used by AP instructors who organize their curriculums in any number of ways: chronologically, thematically, or according to literary forms. The unit features lessons designed to engage AP Literature and Composition students in close, analytical readings. Also included are “handouts” that may easily be modified to suit a teacher’s style; the questions found on the handouts may easily be converted from cooperative group questions for students to work on independently to those that a teacher might ask during a guided reading or lecture on the poems. Assessments range from answers to guided question handouts and participation in class to written analyses on selected poems. Since the AP exam typically features 50-55 multiple-choice question on its first part, this CAP features some multiple-choice assessments on poems and on topics covered in the units. The writing assignments in this CAP are all commensurate in difficulty to those on the Advanced Placement exam, whether they are in the AP question style or not.
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American Short Stories and the Advanced Placement 2010 - 2011

by Sue Costagliola East Meadow School District

This CAP develops a unit on American short stories suitable for study in the AP Literature and Composition class. Lessons on representative works of American short fiction will comprise this unit that features an analytical guide to works by Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe, and William Faulkner. The unit will feature writing assignments, guided reading questions, and lessons designed to explore these literary works analytically, and the unit as a whole will represent an effective approach to studying short fiction in the Advanced Placement Literature and Composition class.
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Gr. 11 SCALE: Teaching the Modern American Novel 2010-2011

by Sue Costagliola East Meadow School District

The following CAP, “Teaching the Modern American Novel,” is designed for eleventh grade SCALE classes in the secondary school. However, some activities and worksheets can be used or modified for an honors track or a Regents level classroom. The novels that students read in this course are challenging. The following study guides are for students to use both in and outside of the classroom. The lessons in the unit incorporate the NYS Learning Standards: Language for information and understanding. 2. Language for literary response. 3. Language for critical analysis and evaluation. 4. Language for social interaction.
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Gr.Issues and Dilemmas that Teenagers Face: 2010-2011

by Sue Costagliola East Meadow School District

Many current works of literature include themes that a plethora of teenagers can relate to. Issues and Dilemmas that Teenagers Face will examine contemporary issues that teenagers are faced with. It is designed to be integrated into the English 11 curriculum and will connect to the following works: Go Ask Alice, We All Fall Down, and The Catcher in the Rye. Supplemental materials, including current articles, documentaries, and research projects will also be implemented. Among the issues discussed will be: drug abuse, sex, peer-pressure, searching for one’s identity, and school violence. Students will heighten their awareness of the many problems young people are faced with today by examining the various characters in the aforementioned works of literature. The students will gain increased insight through the extension activities provided during the course of or at the end of a given unit. Additionally, the lessons in the unit incorporate the NYS Learning Standards: Language for information and understanding 2. Language for literary response 3. Language for critical analysis and evaluation 4. Language for social interaction
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Gr. 9-12 Public Speaking 2010 - 2011

by Sue Costagliola East Meadow School District

The following CAP will be for Public Speaking I and is aimed at helping beginners to speak publicly, primarily focusing on overcoming fears associated with public speech. Lessons will include ice-breakers, mini-speeches, different forms of speech and the development/creation of speeches. The goal is to have students confidently give speeches by doing research, practicing, and preparing. This CAP is designed for the ninth to eleventh grades in the secondary school for an elective course. The unit is designed to meet the needs of the Honors, Regents and Regents Support student. Additionally, the lessons in the unit incorporate the NYS Learning Standards: Language for information and understanding 2. Language for literary response 3. Language for critical analysis and evaluation 4. Language for social interaction
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Gr. 10 & 11 Multiculturalism in Literature 2010-2011

by Sue Costagliola East Meadow School District

There are countless works of literature which focus on the multitude of cultures in our and other societies. While many of the works our students study in their English core curriculums include various cultures, there is much that is left unexplored. Multiculturalism in Literature is a complete unit plan devised for students in grades 10 and 11 that will thoroughly examine literature from a variety of cultures including Irish, Jewish, Chicano, and Buddhist. Students will become aware of the diverse cultural influences that shape the characters in the stories; identify traditions and customs of a specific culture; analyze the cultural and religious influences that affect a character’s actions; recognize the author’s language and vocabulary to enhance the overall understanding of the story; and identify and analyze the author’s use of literary elements and techniques. Additionally, the lessons in the unit incorporate the NYS Learning Standards: Language for information and understanding 2. Language for literary response 3. Language for critical analysis and evaluation 4. Language for social interaction
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Gr. 11 Contemporary Autobiography Research Unit 2010-2011

by Sue Costagliola East Meadow School District

The following CAP, “Contemporary Autobiography Research Unit,” is designed for the eleventh grade English track classroom in the secondary school. The unit and assignments are designed to engage the students and prepare them to properly write a college level paper. This unit includes a motivational activity designed to connect the writing topic to the students’ lives. The unit also includes an oral presentation thereby meets all of the NYS learning standards. The standards addressed are: Language for information and understanding 2. Language for literary response 3. Language for critical analysis and evaluation 4. Language for social interaction
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Gr. 9-12 AWARE 2010-2011

by Sue Costagliola East Meadow School District

This CAP entitled A.W.A.R.E, Authors Writing About Real Events, will explore different issues prevalent to the society in which we teach and live. Current topics include internet and social networking awareness, the dangers of texting and driving, bullying, etc. The goal of this course is to create lessons and activities to address the many factors that our students and society are in the midst of dealing with through current news articles, literature, documentaries, etc. Additionally, different methods and programs designed to deal with such issues will also be explored. As a result of this CAP, teachers have a unified reference including worksheets, lesson plans, etc. available for use. This CAP also strives to meet the following New York State English Language Arts Standards: • Standard 1: Students will be able to read, write, listen and speak for information and understanding. • Standard 2: Students will be able to read, write, listen, and speak for literary response and expression. • Standard 3: Students will be able to read, write, listen, and speak for critical analysis and evaluation. • Standard 4: Students will be able to read, write, listen, and speak for social interaction (New York State Education Department: Elementary, Middle, Secondary, and Continuing Education).
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