Language Arts "How has inequality influenced literature and culture?"
(Examining how inequality has influenced literature and culture.)

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How Inequality Influences Literature and Culture

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Days and times (with time zone) it meets: Central Time Zone: 9a.m. Weekly, Friday
Start: August 19 (class online)
Start Live Meetings: September 6
Holidays: November 29, December 27
End: May 2

Age range: High School and advanced readers

Books needed: Primary Materials Books (print, ebook, audio) of the following:
• The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
• Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
• To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
• A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

Course Description This year we are going to read four key pieces of literature and examine what influenced the authors to write each piece. We will also examine each for the subtle and not so subtle inequalities within each story. Finally, we will reflect how our own ideas may influence the way we view the world and how we interact with the people around us. At the end of the course you will walk away with a better understanding of what drives an author to create a story and how personal experiences influence those stories. We will use a variety of modes of learning during this course. Throughout the year we will use high impact literature in combination with nonfiction and primary documents. Students will also learn how to create and navigate new Web tools. Once a week we will meet to discuss and share our learning. This course is modeled after university online courses and should be viewed as a college prep class.

------------------------------------------------------- Additional Materials -------------------------------------------- Companion Literature: • Summer's Bloodiest Days by Jennifer L. Weber • Annotated Uncle Tom's Cabin • Marching for Freedom by Elizabeth Partridge • Primary Documents (get your hands on old magazines, the older the better)

Companion Film: • Gettysburg, 1993 film staring Martin Sheen as General Lee • To Kill a Mockingbird, 1962 film staring Gregory Peck • A Raisin in the Sun, 1961 film staring Sidney Poitier • Additional PBS and Discovery Channel streaming videos as assigned (will provide free links)

Web 2.0 Tools and Other Materials: • LiveBinders, a free Web 2.0 tool: Please look for additional instructions later in the course. • Paper or Virtual Notebook to keep notes throughout the year. • Opposing Viewpoints database (free). • VoiceThread • Additional materials will be assigned throughout the year. Please carefully read the instructions each week.


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