lesson plan overview ==================== lesson title: guess who’s coming to dinner? lesson activity author: stephanie walters


Lesson Plan Overview
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Lesson Title: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?
Lesson Activity Author: Stephanie Walters
School: RJ Reynolds High School
Intended Grade Level: 11
Main Content Area: English Honors
Type of Activity: Research project, literary connections, and
inferences
Instructional Goal:
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Students will use research to plan a “dinner party” around their
assigned American decade.
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Students will assume the roles of prominent figures from their
assigned decade
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Students will demonstrate understanding of an American short story
by effectively incorporating the story’s main ideas into the
dinner conversation.
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Students will use MLA formatting to document their research
sources on a Works Cited page.
Alignment to the NCSCS:
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English III
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Competency Goal 2: The learner will inform an audience by using a
variety of media to research and explain insights into language and
culture.
2.01 Research and analyze ideas, events, and/or movements related to
United States culture by:
2.03 Demonstrate the ability to read, listen to and view a variety of
increasingly complex print and non-print informational texts
appropriate to grade level and course literary focus, by:
Computer/Technology Skills
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English Competency Goal 3: The learner will use a variety of
technologies to access, analyze, interpret, synthesize, apply, and
communicate information.
3.01 Use word processing and/or desktop publishing for a variety of
writing assignments/projects.
3.02 Use electronic resources for research.
3.03 Select and use technological tools for class assignments,
projects, and presentations.
3.04 Adhere to Fair Use and Multimedia Copyright Guidelines, citing
sources of copyrighted materials in papers, projects, and multimedia
presentations.
Materials/Resources Needed:
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Computer with internet access for each student, or if short on
computer space, one computer per group
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Each group should receive at least 2 copies of its assigned story
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Copies of handouts for each student
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Overhead or LCD projector
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Since students will have to include one Forsyth Co. figure from
their specified decade, they will also need to include a
photograph and biographical information about the guest. This
information can be found on the DigitalForsyth website. Please see
attachment for separate DigitalForsyth links.
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Students will also need to use word processing software like
Microsoft Word.
Activity steps and timeline:
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Day 1 (48 minutes)
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Prior to the first day, students should be assigned a decade ranging
from the 1840s to 1960s, 3-4 people in each group. The teacher may
decide to include or omit any decades he or she chooses. Each group
should also be supplied at least two copies of their assigned story.
They may also print them off of the internet via a search engine like
Google. These should be read for homework before coming to class.
Since they read their assigned stories for homework, they should work
in their assigned groups to write the answers to the following
questions, being sure to discuss them in their groups. Prior to this
lesson, students should have already discussed all applicable terms.
See attached handout for the questions (30-40 minutes):
Review MLA documentation via an overhead or LCD projector (10
minutes):
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Short story citation
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Digital photograph citation
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Website citations
Allow students to have the end of class to begin planning their
project. What will they try to research? Who should be invited to the
party?
Days 2-5 (48 minutes each) – Computer Lab
Students will work on the rest of the dinner party assignment. Please
see separate handout for full project information. This project has
given 4 days in the computer lab, but time could be adjusted to
stretch over a longer time period.
Day 6 (48 minute period)
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Students will present their dinner parties to the class. They should
each assume the role of one of their dinner party guests and reenact
the dinner conversation. If you are feeling particularly adventurous,
allow food, entertainment, and costuming options. This project can be
tweaked to suit your needs.
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?
Dining in the Decades
English III Research Project
Think of all the interesting people who made "history" during your
decade of United States history. What if you could invite anyone from
this period to a dinner party? Needless to say, some of your invited
guests may be visiting in "spirit"—this will allow you to invite
anyone you choose from your decade. Plan your Perfect Dinner Party by
using the guidelines below. Everything should be typed; there is no
font or length requirement for each page.
Page 1- Introduce yourself - Include your name, class period, your
decade, and the location where you have chosen to hold your dinner
party. If you have chosen a particular theme for your celebration, you
may include that here.
Page 2- Guest list—Choose 3 guests to attend your party. Make sure
they are historical people from your decade – two nationally acclaimed
guests and one local Forsyth county resident. Your guests may not have
lived entirely at the same time in real life. You must then choose a
modern day guest to “travel back in time” and participate in your
little dinner party. He or she should be a well-known national figure.
Explain in complete sentences the reason for each of your choices.
Describe the clothing they most likely would wear and include a
sketch, photocopy, or photograph of each person. For your Forsyth
resident, you must use the specified photograph from the
digitalforsyth.org website.
Pages 3 and 4- Seating Arrangement –
Page 3 - Create your dining room table. Standard designs please (oval,
rectangular, or circular). Think of the best way to seat your guests
to make them comfortable and to encourage interesting conversation.
Make a diagram of the seating arrangement. Explain your reasons for
choosing this particular sealing arrangement.
Page 4 - Design a place card for each guest. Place cards should
reflect some personal characteristics, family interest, or
accomplishments of each guest. Each place card should include the
person’s name and at least two identifying designs on the card.
Page 5- Conversation Topics- To ensure that there are no uncomfortable
lulls in the conversation; plan several topics for discussion at your
party. Be sure to identify topics that would engage ALL the guests at
your table. They should relate to some SPECIFIC area of interest
during the decade. (For example, instead of discussing “The Vietnam
War,” discuss “The Fall of Saigon.”) List AT LEAST THREE (3) topics,
give reasons for each choice, and explain why all parties would be
interested in them. In addition to the three topics, you must also
decide on TWO (2) specific topics related to your assigned short
story. Since your guests are contemporaries of your author, they
should all be familiar with the story. Make sure that your topics are
directly connected to some of the short story discussion questions
that you previously answered with your group.
Page 6- Choose one of the following:
What's for Dinner? Now you must plan what you would serve at your
dinner party. Research the food availability, preparation, popular
fads or trends, etc. Considering the sections of the country that your
guests lived in may help you make "special" selections to highlight a
particular region or area of interest. Explain the reasons for your
choices. Create a menu based on your research. Be sure to include
something for everyone at your table. **Twist: have students prepare
one of the dishes to bring for the class to sample**
Music- Background music often sets the mood for a party. Select at
least one piece of music to play during dinner for the enjoyment of
EACH of your guests, 4 selections total. Your selections may be based
on heritage, preference, lyrics, etc. Consider music popular during
your decade. Your modern day guest could choose to bring music from
his/her own decade. Include an explanation for each of your musical
selections.
YOUR PARTY PLAN SHOULD SHOW EVIDENCE OF RESEARCH AND CREATIVITY!
Your final project should
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Include internal documentation after borrowed information
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Be typed/illustrated on standard typing paper
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Include at least 3 outside sources, in addition to the
digitalforsyth.org website, on a separate MLA style, Works Cited
Page
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Include 2 copies of your paper
**Project adapted from Amy Powers, RJ Reynolds High School, 2007**
Assessments:
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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?
Dining in the Decades
English III Research Project Rubric
Requirement
Comments
Possible Points
Earned Points
Preparation Requirements
10 points
Completed short story discussion questions
7
Typed, standard paper formatting
3
Page 1 – Introduce Yourself
5 points
Names, class period, chosen decade
2
Location where you are holding the party and why you selected that
place
3
Page 2 – Guest List
20 points
2 national figures from specified decade, 1 local Forsyth County
figure, 1 modern day time-traveler
5
Reasons for inviting each, paragraphs
10
Sketch, photograph of each person; Forsyth County figure should have a
photo from digitialforsyth.org
5
Page 3 & 4 – Seating Arrangement
10 points
Table diagram with explanation
10
Place cards revealing personal characteristics, family interest, or
accomplishments of each guest with at least 2 identifying designs
10
Page 5 – Conversation Topics
25 points
3 specific topics – issues/events related to that specific decade and
reasons why they should be selected
15
2 topics related to assigned short story and reason why those areas
would be interesting for each guest
10
Page 6 – Menu or Music
10 points
Menu – one food specific for each guest & explanation
10
Music – one song for each guest & explanation
Page 7 – Works Cited
10 points
Works cited list, MLA format, at least 3 sources in addition to
digitalforsyth.org website
10
Presentation
10 points
Students briefly explain who each guest is and why they were selected
to attend the party
5
Enthusiastic reenactment of dinner party conversation
5
Total Score:
Possible 100
**In order to receive full credit, all details must be accurate to the
specified time period**
Additional comments and appendices:
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Decade Short Story and Local Guest Suggestions
The following is a list showing the assignable decades complete with
1-2 suggested short stories and potential Forsyth guests. All guest
photographs can be viewed at http://www.digitalforsyth.org/photos/#
substituting the number next to the name for the # sign.
Decade
Title
Author
Potential Forsyth Guest
1840
Murders in the Rue Morgue
Poe
7899 - Elias Vogler
Masque of the Red Death
Poe
1850
The Lightning-Rod Man
Melville
4819 - Dr. Christian Kuhln
6251 - Will Flynt
8096 - Rev. Adam Haman
1860
Celebrated Jumping Frog
Twain
7423 - Laura Caroline Beck nee Vogler
1839 - Henry Alexander Lineback
1870
Outcasts of Poker Flat
Harte
7454 - Caroline Louisa Shaffner nee Fries
8049 - Sisters Amelia “Amy” and Louisa “Lou” Van Vleck
9592 - John Henry Boner and Charlotte Smith Boner
1880
White Heron
Jewitt
7453 - Lucy Wenhold nee Lineback
Uncle Remus Stories (any)
http://www.uncleremus.com/stories.html
Harris
7979 - Eliza Wilhelmina Kremer
nee Vierling
1890
Desiree's Baby
Chopin
6656 - M. E. Teague
The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky
Crane
5408 - Thomas A. Edison
1900
The Monkey's Paw
Jacobs
2023 - Bowman Gray, Jr.
1814 - Professor Cadd Grant O’Kelly
9464 - Edwin T. Clemmons
1910
The Ransom of Red Chief
O'Henry
6827 - J. Elford Ellerbe
3565 - Dr. Thurman D. Kitchin
4709 - Charles U. Davis
1920
The Killers
Hemingway
1738 - James Webster
1753 - Madie Hall Xuma
9469 - Dr. Howard Rondthaler
1930
The Chrysanthemums
Steinbeck
6366 - D.K. Dinkins
A Rose for Emily
Faulkner
6032 - T. E. Woosley
6442 - Annie Mae Gordon
1940
A Worn Path
Welty
1886 - Spurgeon N. Ellington
867 - Langston Hughes
1950
The Lottery
Jackson
915 - Paul Balance
A Good Man is Hard to Find
O'Connor
111 - President Harry Truman
2054 - Doctor Robert McMillan
1960
I Stand Here Ironing
Olsen
7363 - Betty Allen
A & P
Updike
2084 - Gordon Gray
1371 - Ann Herring
Short Story Discussion Questions
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Complete after you read your assigned short story.
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What is the predominant element in the story? (plot, theme,
characters, setting, etc..)
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What sort of conflict confronts the main character(s) (internal or
external)?
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How does the author handle characterization (description,
conversation, actions)?
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What is the time setting for the action? Period of history?
Season? Time of day? How much time does the story cover?
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What is the rising point, climax, and resolution of the story?
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How is the story organized (events, incidents, etc…)?
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What is the general theme of the story- what is the underlying
theme? Can you name any other stories with a similar theme?
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Can you find any examples of figurative language- simile,
personification, metaphor?
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Does the story have a moral? If so what?
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If your story doesn’t have a moral, what do you think the author’s
purpose was?
Project Variations:
Allow more time and have students complete both the music, and menu
portions and also include host/hostesses questions in which you ask
specific questions to each guest and provide accurate responses.
Require more guests and stretch the due dates out, requiring each page
to be turned in by a separate due date. This will also help students
learn time management skills.
Omit the short story portion of the assignment and just focus on the
historical figures.

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