Designed to actually utilize the summer reading for rising sophomores, this unit focuses on culture and identity in the novels White Teeth by Zadie Smith, The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende, and Crazy Brave by Joy Harjo. Students chose which of these books they wanted to read during the summer and the unit focuses on marrying the themes and characters of these books together. Students will be able to make text-to-text, text-to-self, and text-to-world connections through a persuasive one-pager and a creative final project where students will make connections from the novels to their world history class. Can easily be adapted to suit the needs of the teacher.
Keeling, Blake R., "Culture and Identity in Novels Centered Around Women of Color" (2019). Understanding by Design: Complete Collection. 425.
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