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Gifted English 10 Unit 2 2009-10

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Unit 2: The Human Condition and the Search for Meaning

Essential Questions:

  • What does it mean to be human?
  • In the face of adversity, what causes some individuals to prevail while others fail?
  • What is the meaning of life, and how does an individual's perception of that meaning affect beliefs regarding death?
  • Are we governed/guided by fate, free will, a greater power, or do we fall somewhere on the spectrum between?
  • How do we make decisions for ourselves about our identities in cultures where we are bombarded with other people trying to define us?



Week of 16 November 2009

  • introduction to unit: exploring essential questions, discussing topics of interest
  • pre-reading & writing: What Do You Believe? (instructions), 
  • What Rules Guide Your Life? This I Believe interview task (instructions)
  • introduction to The Tao of Pooh (100 Acre Wood Personality Quiz)
  • reading and discussion of The Tao of Pooh (pages 1-21)
  • development of reading assignment for The Tao of Pooh

Week of 30 November 2009 

Week of 7 December 2009

Week of 14 December 2009

  • 12/14/09 This I Believe essay DUE (NPR website, instructions)
  • W 12/16/09 FINAL EXAMS (3rd, 5th, 7th periods)
  • Th 12/17/09 FINAL EXAMS (2nd, 4th, 6th periods)
  • F 12/18/09 FINAL EXAMS (1st and 8th periods)


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