Authors: Emily Mofield, Ed.D., Tamra Stambaugh, Ph.D.
Product Code: 14935
ISBN: 9781618214935
Pages: 244
Availability: In stock.

Perspectives of Power explores the nature of power in literature, historical documents, poetry, and art. Lessons include a major focus on rigorous evidence-based discourse through the study of common themes and content-rich, challenging nonfiction and fictional texts. This unit, developed by Vanderbilt University's Programs for Talented Youth and aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), guides students to explore the power of oppression; the power of the past, present, and future; and the power of personal response by engaging in simulations, skits, creative projects, literary analyses, Socratic seminars, and debates.

Texts illuminate content extensions that interest many high-ability students including bystander effect, social class structure, game theory, the use and abuse of technology, cultural conflict, the butterfly effect, women's suffrage, and surrealism as each relates to power. Lessons include close readings with text-dependent questions, choice-based differentiated products, rubrics, formative assessments, and ELA writing tasks that require students to analyze texts for rhetorical features, literary elements, and themes through argument, explanatory, and/or prose-constructed writing.

Ideal for pre-AP and honors courses, the unit features texts from Emily Dickinson, William B. Yeats, and Charles Perrault; art from Moyo Okediji and Salvador Dali; and speeches by Elie Wiesel, Susan B. Anthony, and John F. Kennedy. As a result from the learning in the unit, students will be able to examine powerful influences in their own lives and identify their own power in personal responsibility.

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by Martina Brooks
on 3/4/2016
from White House Middle
7th Grade ELA Teacher
Excellent resource for the gifted classroom! 
by Paula Kiggins
on 1/12/2016
from Sumner County Schools Tennessee
Gifted Middle School Teacher
As a gifted middle school pullout teacher I also consult and co-teach in various other Language Arts and Social Studies classes. "Perspectives of Power" is an excellent integration of advanced concept-based lessons emphasizing real-world connections.  These great ready-to-use lessons, based on time honored texts, give the teacher advanced content, higher order processes, big picture concepts, and differentiated product choices. My students love the opportunity to engage in debate, Socratic seminar, literary analyses and the many other creative product ideas offered in each and every lesson. I personally have enjoyed introducing my teachers to the various analysis wheel guides.  I utilize the forms, models, guides and rubrics at the back of the book with most all lessons. I highly recommend this easy, ready-to-use lesson book.
by Bridgett Summers
on 1/5/2016
from Westmoreland Middle School
6th grade ELA teacher
This book is a great resource for an ELA teacher. There are multiple lessons that list materials needed, goals/objectives, state standards, text-dependent questions, formative assessments, and many activities to use with each lesson. I also see multiple ways to review concepts that I have already taught. The lessons are easy to connect to the real-world. Awesome book!!!!
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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.

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