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AAPI Women: Untold Stories Through Poetry

 
GRADE
4-5
SUBJECT
English Language Arts
NUMBER OF LESSONS
5
UNIT SUMMARY
Through this unit students will explore Asian American and Pacific Islander (“AAPI”) women’s poetry in order to craft and inspire their own poetry. After analyzing and interpreting poems, students recognize poetry as a vehicle to express untold stories about events small and large. This unit will help students explore their viewpoints as they explore the readings and begin to work with poems.
COMMON CORE STANDARDS ADDRESSED
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY
L (Language)
RF (Reading Foundation Skills)
RL (Reading Standards for Literature)
SL (Speaking and Listening)
W (Writing)

Language:

L.4.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
a.
Explain the meaning of simple similes and metaphors (e.g., as pretty as a picture) in context.
L.4.6 Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal precise actions, emotions, or states of being (e.g., quizzed, whined, stammered) and that are basic to a particular topic (e.g., wildlife, conservation, and endangered when discussing animal preservation).
L.5.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
a.
Interpret figurative language, including similes and metaphors, in context.
L.5.6 Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal contrast, addition, and other logical relationships (e.g., however, although, nevertheless, similarly, moreover, in addition).

Reading Foundational Skills:
RF.4.3 Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
a.
Use combined knowledge of all letter-sound correspondences, syllabication patterns, and morphology (e.g., roots and affixes) to read accurately unfamiliar multisyllabic words in context and out of context.
RF.4.4 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
a.
Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.
b.
Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.
RF.5.3 Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
a.
Use combined knowledge of all letter-sound correspondences, syllabication patterns, and morphology (e.g., roots and affixes) to read accurately unfamiliar multisyllabic words in context and out of context.
RF.5.4 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
a.
Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.
b.
Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.

Reading Standards For Literature:
RL.4.2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
RL.5.2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.
RL.5.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.
RL.5.5 Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.
RL.5.6 Describe how a narrator's or speaker's point of view influences how events are described.

Speaking and Listening:
SL.4.3 Identify the reasons and evidence a speaker provides to support particular points.

Writing:
W.4.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
W.4.5 With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.
W.5.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
W.5.5 With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
SKILL-BASED OBJECTIVES
The specific skills of the standards the students will learn in this unit.
1. Students will find the central idea of the texts.
2. Students will identify and analyze similes and metaphors as effective devices in
discussing everyday details.
3. Students will analyze the impact of word choice on the creation of a particular
mood.
4. Students will analyze poems’ structure through rhyme, repetition, and form and how these devices increase the poem’s impact.
5. Students will craft a poem using stylistic elements, such as rhyme, repetition, simile, and metaphor, as observed in the mentor poems in the unit.
KNOWLEDGE-BASED LEARNING
1. Students will learn about retaining culture through poetry.
2. Students will learn about the challenges AAPI women face.
3. Students will identify the themes and experiences portrayed in the poems, then compare and contrast them to their own life experiences.
4. Students will learn about the significance of climate change.
STORY(IES) FROM UNTOLD CIVIL RIGHTS STORIES
AAPI Women Voices : Untold Stories Through Poetry
MATERIALS
1. “AAPI Women Voices: Untold Stories Through Poetry” story
2. “Because Poem Assignment”
3. “Central Idea Handout”
4. “Central Idea Handout Answer Key”
5. “Poetic Elements Handout”
6. “Poetic Elements Handout Answer Key”
7. “Similes & Metaphors Handout”
8. “Similes & Metaphors Handout Answer Key”
9. “Unit Evaluation Handout”
10. “Unit Review + Practice Handout”
11. “Unit Slides: Women Poetry 1-Central Idea”
12. “Unit Slides: Women Poetry 2-Similes & Metaphors”
13. “Unit Slides: Women Poetry 3-Poetic Elements”
14. “Unit Slides: Women Poetry 4-Unit Review”
15. “Unit Slides: Women Poetry 5-Unit Reflection”

Videos Available Online:

1. Geok-lin Lim, Shirely. Learning to Love America. Poetry Foundation, youtube.com. August 02, 2017. Web, accessed May 23, 2018. Run time 02:41. Source
2. Jetnil-Kijiner, Kathy. Fighting Climate Change with Poems: Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner. United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, youtube.com, Dec. 3, 2015. Web, accessed Nov 27, 2016. Run time 3:56. Source
3. Jetnil-Kijiner, Kathy. Marshall Islands Poet to the U.N. Climate Summit: “Tell Them We Are Nothing Without Our Islands.” Democracy Now!, youtube.com, Dec. 2, 2015. Web, accessed Nov. 27, 2016. Run time 4:01. Source

Materials Not Included:

1. LCD Projector
2. Screen
Curriculum Developer:
Prabhneek Heer
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Curriculum Contributors:
Pat Kwoh
 

 

 

 

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