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The Fault in Our Stars

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Transcript of The Fault in Our Stars

DAY 5
-Topic:
Discussion Day
-Essential Question:
How do group discussions facilitate a more comprehensive understanding?

Class discussion on Chapters 1-12
Discussion is led by the students; Discussion and Analytical Notes Worksheets are springboards.
DAY 11
-
Topic:
Currents Events--> Library
-
Essential Question
: How do current events in the American Health Care System tie into the novel?

Vocab for Chapters 20-25
Read Chapters 21-22
Watch Green address costs of health care
Library: research current issues in healthcare
Bullet and share new/ interesting facts
DAY 6
DAY 1
DAY 3
What's Involved?
suggested grade: 10th
time frame: 15 days
plethora of topics, activities and writing assignments
differentiated lessons to suit the needs of all learners
interdisciplinary geared to acknowledge all intelligences
meets CCSS and NCTE standards
The Fault in Our Stars
DAY 2
DAY 4
-Topic:
Poetry Share
-Essential Question:
What effect does writing poetry have on you?

Vocab. Chapters 11-12
Poetry Presentations and Informal Chat
What hindrances do Hazel/Gus experience?
What would it be like to spend a day in their shoes?
How do these ideas contribute to our theme of Carpe Diem?
Reconsider idea of seizing the day, as per the Anticipation Guide; write a one paragraph reflection.
Time allotted for Choice Board, Discussion Guide and Analytical Notes
-Topic: L
iterary Postcard Activity
-Essential Question:
What is the effect of placing yourself in the character's shoes?

Vocab. 13-19
Brainstorm and discuss pivotal events from Chapters 1-12.
Choose one scene and create Literary Postcard
Front: draw scene / Back: message or poem
Welcomes students to different interpretations of the text.
Thematic Unit Plan
Theme: Carpe Diem -- Seize the Day
Introduction
Mini Prezi: http:http://prezi.com/6mpuhf-egxpd/the-fault-in-our-stars/
Discuss weekly expectations for the unit
Vocab. Chapters 1-3
Vocabulary Choice Boards
Discussion Worksheets
Analytical Notes Worksheets
Read Chapter 1
Exit slip stating their initial responses to the novel
-Topic:
Allusions
-Essential Question:
What is the effect of using allusions in your writing?

Vocab. Chapters 4-6
Revisit the concept of Allusions: What? How? Examples?
Read, annotate and analyze Emily Dickensen's, A Certain Slant of Light.
T-Chart evidence linking her poem to Green's characters and the theme of
Carpe Diem
Mortality & Consciousness
Read Chapters 4-5
HOMEWORK:
Entree 1 --> Write an Expository Essay on Thyroid Cancer. Minimum of 3 paragraphs.
Read Chapter 6.
HOMEWORK:
Complete Poem
Read Chapter 10
Entree 1 is due.
HOMEWORK:
Read Chapters 11-12
Complete Choice Board, Discussion Guide and Analytical Notes
Side 1 is due.
Happy Friday
*no homework
Vocabulary Choice Boards are due.
Discussion Worksheets are due.
Analytical Notes Worksheets are due.
HOMEWORK:
Read Chapter 13
Side 2 is due.
*Activity inspired by Christensen.
DAY 7
-Topic:
Passage Analysis-->William Shakespeare's, The Tragedy of Julius Cesar
-Essential Question:
What is the importance of Shakespeare's passage in relation to Carpe Diem?

Informal discussion on Chapter 13, a pivotal section.
Read, annotate and analyze the passage.
Create a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting each author's ideas on
'the fault in our stars'
How does this message relate to
Carpe Diem
?
HOMEWORK:
Read Chapters 14-18
Appetizer 2 is due at the end of class.
DAY 8
-
Topic
: Creative Writing
-E
ssential Question
: Reflecting on Hazel and Isaac's eulogies for Gus, how would someone describe your
Carpe Diem
?

Read Chapters 19-20
Motivation
: watch YouTube video
What type of speech is being made?
How do you know?
What emotions are associated with this video?
HOMEWORK:
Complete eulogy if it is not completed in class.

DAY 9
-Topic:
Peer Editing
-Essential Question:
What is the importance of editing a text and how can constructive criticism improve your writing?

Swap eulogies and conduct a peer editing activity
Editing Checklist provided
Write final draft in class
Present eulogies
Time will be allotted to work on Choice Boards, Discussion and Analytical Notes worksheets.
HOMEWORK:
Complete Vocabulary Choice Board, Discussion Guide and Analytical Notes Worksheets.
Entree 2 is due at the end of class.
DAY 10
Topic:
Discussion Day --> Chapters 13-19
-Essential Question:
How do group discussions facilitate a more comprehensive understanding?

Class discussion on Chapters 13-19
Discussion is led by the students; Discussion and Analytical Notes Worksheets are springboards.
HAPPY FRIDAY
*
no homework
Vocabulary Choice Board is due.
Discussion Guide Worksheet is due.
Analytical Notes Worksheet is due.
-Topic:
'I am From' / 'I was Raised' Poetry
-Essential Question:
What is the importance of understanding the characters everyday experiences and lifestyles?

Vocab. Chapters 7-10
Read Chapters 7-9
Introduce poetry and provide examples
3 groups: 1=Hazel, 2=Gus, 3=Kaitlyn
Understand differences in teenage lifestyles and POV
**Activity inspired by Christensen
Appetizer 1 is due.
HOMEWORK:
Read Chapter 23
DAY 12
-Topic:
Metaphors
-Essential Question:
What significance do metaphors have throughout the novel in accordance to the theme of
Carpe Diem
?

Revisit metaphors to spark previous knowledge
Poetry Analysis: Robert Frost's, Nothing Gold Can Stay
Read, annotate, analyze and complete worksheet
Similarities between poem and novel?
Importance of
Carpe Diem
?
HOMEWORK:
Writing prompt: Construct an essay addressing three different metaphors in relation to our theme. The first metaphor will be provided: Gus's unlit cigarettes.
Appetizer 3 is due at the end of class.
DAY 13
-Topic:
Character Silhouettes
-Essential Question:
How does a character grow over the course of a novel and what traits help define this growth?

Share and discuss Metaphor Essays
Read Chapters 24-25
Introduce Character Silhouette Activity: 4 groups to represent Hazel, Gus, Isaac and Peter
Focus on Heart, Hands, Feet, Head and Background
Present and discuss
**Activity inspired by Christensen.
HOMEWORK:
Work on Vocabulary Choice Boards, Discussion and Analytical Notes Worksheets.

Entree 3 is due.
DAY 14
-Topic:
Discussion Day --> Chapters 20-25
-
Essential Question
:

How do group discussions facilitate a more comprehensive understanding?

Class discussion on Chapters 20-25
Discussion is led by the students; Discussion and Analytical Notes Worksheets are springboards
NO HOMEWORK!
Vocabulary Choice Board is due.
Discussion Guide Worksheet is due.

Analytical Notes Worksheet is due.

DAY 15
-Topic:
Interviewing Characters
-Essential Question:
Green ends the novel without providing closure; how would you create an alternate ending to provide closure?

Choose essential character, create ending
Interviewer+Character
10 questions and answers
Enact interviews
Final discussion and Exit Slip on the unit
HOMEWORK:
Read Chapters 2-3
TAKE A CLOSER LOOK...
Read aloud:
Two student volunteers to read Isaac's and Hazel's eulogies for Gus (p258)
From this brief excerpt, what do we learn about the character's friendships? What do we learn about them individually? Were any emotions stirred?
WHAT IS A EULOGY?
-A commendatory oration or writing especially in honor of one deceased
Have you ever heard or given a eulogy?
How did it make you feel?
What did you learn from the eulogy?
Why are eulogies important considering our theme of
Carpe Diem
?
LET'S GET CREATIVE
Brainstorm:

Create a fictional timeline of events mapping out your goals and accomplishments.
Pretend:
You just passed away at 81.
What would someone say about you?
What mark have you left behind?
How did you seize each day?

Share
: Turn to your neighbor and briefly discussion your lists; what path did you choose and why?
Write
: Get right to it! Let the ideas flow! Write it all down! Corrections come later!

HAVE FUN!
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