Analysis of Theme: Degrees of Happiness (Grades 7-8)
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Students extend their understanding of theme by focusing on how plot, character, and structure work together to develop themes. A key part of work for students includes studying the methods authors use to develop characters’ perspectives about the complexities of happiness. The unit culminates in a performance task in which student writes across texts by Julia Alvarez and Maurice Kilwein Guevara.
- Four literary texts
- 4-6 weeks instruction
- Literary writing