Unit One: Cry the Beloved Country
Teacher: Jaimie Crawford
Syllabus KEY: Here is your
syllabus for the first book and unit. This schedule is subject to
change (as Robert Burns says, “The best laid plans of mice and men oft
gang a'glay...), but we will do our best to follow it. We will be
reading a book or play every six weeks, and I will ask you to read
about 40 pages per week. The best way to avoid book quizzes is to keep
journaling about your given character and show me that you are up to
date in class by participating and adding thoughtful responses about
of your grade for the six weeks will come from four assignments, each
worth 100 pts:
your journal and "hot seat" presentations, your local issue paper, your group audio/visual presentations, and your final book test.
You will keep a journal for each book (100 pts)—you should have
three entries per week written from the point of view of your
assigned character (each entry should cover about 15 pages of text).
Journals will be checked periodically and a few students will be put on
the “hot seat” each week and asked to describe, defend, and analyze
their characters using their journals. For your journal you will need
to refer to both primary (your characters’ words, actions, and
thoughts) and secondary sources (what other characters say about and do
around your character and real historical parallels from a time and
place similar to the one in which your character is immersed).
the entries as follows:
My book and character:
My character’s point of view on anything of importance that happened during these pages (primary):
Other characters’ descriptions of my character:
Historical parallels (explain who today or in history is similar to your character and why--you should research on the internet for this part):
You should have ONE notebook or spiral for your journals for all six
books throughout the year. Journals can be typed on computer or
hand-written; each book section can be decorated to reflect that book;
you may add appropriate pictures or graphics of characters, settings,
WEEK ONE (8/16-18):
Days introduction, Give
out character assignments for Cry the
HW: Read to pg.53; complete at least one journal entry
WEEK TWO (8/21-25):
Amy Biehl story. Work
Local Issue Paper: You will be writing an MLA style 3 page research paper
on a LOCAL issue. Included in this paper should be at least 2
personal interviews and 2 other valid sources. Cry
the Beloved Country (read
until pg.60) I will check journals by the end of week two.
HW: Read to page 80; you
should have a total of three journal entries by the end of the
week--you may choose to be Stephen Kumalo, Gertrude, or John Kumalo.
WEEK THREE (8/28-9/1): SAT practice, Equal
Rights Timelines; Local
Topic and 10 questions for each personal interview (you will need to
include an MLA work cited
page listing your 2 interview sources and your 2 other sources, your
topic, its two sides, and
at least three arguments for each side), Split into groups for
audio/visual presentations, Cry the
Beloved Country (read until pg.130) Journal 6 entries total.
HW: A Day
9/1 B Day 8/31: Turn in your topic for local issue
paper and 10 questions for each personal interview along with your
proposed date of interview and the name of the person
A Day 9/6 B Day 9/5: Local Issue Paper Work Cited and Outlines due (follow sample). Read to pg. 130; you should have a total of six journals. Turn in your AV proposals stating your chosen theme, group members, and visual component.
WEEK FOUR(9/4-8): In Class AV Projects presented, 30 Days (Immigration), Cry the Beloved Country (read until pg.180) Journal 9 entries total.
Audio/visual presentation (100 pts)—In class presentation of equal
rights timelines (S. Africa/ America) and Quotes and theme. Your
projects should revolve around a theme from the
novel and include 5 specific quotes related to that theme as
well as at least one example of the same theme from real life.
relationships; racial inequality; relationships between land and
people; forgiveness; fear and violence; family reunion; urban vs. rural
HW: A Day
9/12 B Day 9/11: Turn in your local issue papers and work cited
for a final grade
A Day 9/14 B Day 9/15: Read to pg. 180; you should have a total of 9 journal entries
WEEK FIVE (9/11-15): Cry the Beloved
HW: A Day 9/22 B
Day 9/21: Read to pg. 230. Turn in your 12 journal entries
for a grade; Study for the test on Cry the Beloved Country. TURN IN
YOUR ENTIRE JOURNAL FOR up to 100 pts.
A Day 9/22 B Day 9/21: Book Test on Cry the Beloved Country
REVIEW WORDS FOR CTBC TEST: Margaret, Arthur, Apartheid, Afrikaners, Tixo, Gold, Lincoln, Reformatory, Servant, Umfundisi, Johannesburg, Agitator, Ezenzeleni
WEEK SIX (9/18-22): Finish Cry the Beloved Country(short