Given all of the background information as well as detailed study of the text, the question I plan to pose to my students in order to analyze Stella’s decision to send Blanche away is: In what ways is Stella’s sending Blanche away (but calling after her) representative of the time period?
If Williams’ play makes social commentary on post-war American values, my students can determine the commentary by using evidence from the text.
Additionally, many of my students have tested out of a bilingual education and ESL course of study (English is not their first language) or are bilingual; I find that once my students become familiar with the conventions of the genre, the sections that we loosely act out in class together as we discuss the author’s choices support added understanding in a way that might otherwise be patronizing to students who are nearing high-school graduation: role play is expected with drama.
Even for students who have the strongest command of English, the multimodality of the study of drama correlates to the increasing multimodal literacy for which students are expected to demonstrate mastery.
These exams have incredibly high stakes for low-income students, all of whom have plans to attend four-year universities or to enroll in two-year city colleges and later transfer to four-year post-secondary institutions, and most of whom will be first-generation college students.
High marks on these exams often equate to college credit for the students, and when money is a factor in college persistence, not only do high marks serve as an indicator of success or excellence, they also have a price-tag attached for individual students.Some of the activities discussed in the teaching strategies below directly relate to preparation for Paper 2. One obvious reason is that it is on a list of approved texts.More importantly, however, I chose drama for this portion of the course because I love teaching plays, and I find that my enthusiasm helps to engage my students.Application requirements for the IB Diploma Programme (DP) preparation track include a minimum percentile of 24 in both reading and math on the Northwest Evaluation Association Measures of Academic Progress (NWEA MAP) and a minimum 2.5 GPA in 7th grade.Individualized Education Program (IEP) and English-Language Learner (ELL) students must have a minimum combined percentile of 48 in reading and math on NWEA MAP and minimum 2.5 GPA in 7th grade.Finally, I picked this play because it provides students with the opportunity to create arguments from one of any number of literary lenses: feminism, race, Marxism, psychology, and queer theories are just a few viewpoints from which students might criticize this text.I would like to encourage my students to consider a hybrid of lenses and will present the cultural theorist’s lens as one such hybrid.The course is Year 2 of the two-year IB Language A: Literature course, which is for students in the IB DP and CP, all of whom are 12-grade students; we will study Parts 2 and 3 of the IB Literature curriculum over the course of the year.This unit falls under the Part 3, Literary Genres portion of the course, which is offered at Higher Level (at Higher Level, students engage in a two-year course of study with a minimum requirement of 240 hours of study for thirteen works over the two years).Back of the Yards College Preparatory High School is a neighborhood high school located on the southwest side of Chicago.It is an International Baccalaureate (IB) world school; students must apply to the school for admission.