Barriers exist within society that impact individual's access to equality and justice.
How does literature educate us?
What is justice?
What are the causes and consequences of prejudice and injustice, and how does an individual’s response to them reveal his/her true character?
When should an individual take a stand against what he/she believes to be an injustice? What are the most effective ways to do this?
What is the relationship between social class and equity?
Unit Focus Standards
RL10.2:Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
RL10.3:Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters,
and advance the plot or develop the theme.
RL10.6:Analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature.
Reading:Non-fiction - Standards:
RI10.1: Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
RI10.3: Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).
RI10.8: Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.
W10.1: 1. Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
Speaking & Listening-Standards:
SL10.1: Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.
SL10.5: Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, images, music, sound) and visual displays in presentations to clarify information.
L10.1: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammarand usage when writing or speaking.
L10.2: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
L10.3: Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
For your final written assignment, you will write a 2- page paper in standard essay format
(introduction, body paragraphs, conclusion) using MLA formatting.
Your primary objective in this paper will be to identify the significance of social stratification as it applies to social class, race, or gender and take a stance on the existence and importance of social inequality in modern American society. Once you have created a clear thesis directly answering one of the following questions, utilize outside research and your own analysis to support your claim.
#1: Does economic inequality exist in contemporary America? How does the social class that an individual is born into affect their life chances and opportunities for social mobility?
#2: Does racial inequality exist in contemporary America? How does one's "race" and/or ethnicity affect their life chances and how do social institutions perpetuate racial inequality or help create equality?
#3: Does gender inequality exist in contemporary American society? How does one's gender affect their life chances and how do social institutions perpetuate gender inequality or help create equality?