• Human Nature: Good and Evil

    This unit centers on the controversial topic of human nature. Throughout the unit, they will critically examine the claims made in the texts. Students will read The Lord of the Flies as well as a variety of informational texts dealing with the topic of human nature. As they read each text, they will summarize the arguments being made and critically respond to these claims. This unit builds on the “They Say/I Say” format used in the previous units. Students will present and react to multiple sources on the topic of human nature, culminating in their own stance on the topic.

    THEMATIC QUESTIONS

    ·        How do members of a social group impact your human tendencies?

    ·        How do you identify different aspects of human nature through text?

    ·        How does one demonstrate positive or negative human nature characteristics?

    SKILLS-BASED QUESTIONS

    ·        How do different authors use various methods of argumentation to support a claim?

    ·        How do you summarize an author’s argument effectively without plagiarism?

    ·        How do you challenge opposing arguments to develop your own claim/stance?

    THEMATIC ENDURING UNDERSTANDINGS

    ·        By engaging multiple perspectives, students will cultivate their own individual understanding of human nature.

    SKILLS-BASED ENDURING UNDERSTANDINGS

    ·        Students will practice summarizing and challenging opposing arguments as they develop their own stance on a controversial topic.

    NOVEL (Required for all Sophomores)

    ·        The Lord of the Flies (William Golding)

    TERMINOLOGY

    ·        Claim

    ·        Evidence

    ·        Warrant

    ·        Counterclaim