Authors: Emily Mofield, Ed.D., Tamra Stambaugh, Ph.D.
Product Code: 4959
ISBN: 9781618214959
Pages: 228
Availability: In stock.

In I, Me, You, We: Individuality Versus Conformity, students explore essential questions such as “How does our environment shape our identity? What are the consequences of conforming to a group? When does social conformity go too far?” This unit, developed by Vanderbilt University’s Programs for Talented Youth and aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), includes a major emphasis on rigorous evidence-based discourse through the study of common themes across rich, challenging nonfiction and fictional texts.

The unit guides students to examine the fine line of individuality versus conformity through the related concepts of belongingness, community, civil disobedience, questioning the status quo, and self-reliance by engaging in creative activities, Socratic seminars, literary analyses, and debates. Lessons include close-readings with text-dependent questions, choice-based differentiated products, rubrics, formative assessments, and ELA tasks that require students to analyze texts for rhetorical features, literary elements, and themes through argument, explanatory, and prose-constructed writing.

Ideal for pre-AP and honors courses, the unit features short stories from Kurt Vonnegut and Ray Bradbury, poetry from Emily Dickinson and Maya Angelou, art by M. C. Escher and Pablo Picasso, and primary source documents from Plato, Eleanor D. Roosevelt, William Bradford, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry David Thoreau.

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by Paula Kiggins
on 1/12/2016
from Sumner County Schools Tennessee
Exceptional ELA Gifted Lessons
Dr. Mofield and Dr. Stambaugh have done an exceptional job compiling rigorous and challenging lessons to help students analyze a variety of riveting text. Some of my students most loved lessons in this book were "Dark They Were...", "All Summer in a Day," and "Harrison Bergeron." The theme of individuality versus conformity is intriguing in itself but these lessons helped my students to reason and analyze situations that might go too far in pushing the boundaries of society. As my students were actively engaged in evidence-based discourse, literary analyses, debates and the production of creative products their academic level soared.  I would highly recommend this book.  The lessons are a pleasure to teach!
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Review by: Ian Byrd, - April 14, 2017
My favorite thing about these books is their organization around abstract themes and their use of classic literature and art to support the theme. Fantastic use of differentiation strategies that go broad as well as deep.
Review by: Amy Cummings, MiddleWeb - January 1, 2016
[This book] provides almost unlimited ideas for introductory activities, text-based questions, reflection and discussion questions, projects and final assessments . . . Overall, I really recommend this resource to ELA teachers and to anyone interested in having students think about the topics presented.

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