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Lesson Plans
Ann R. Breitman
Supervisor of Language Arts/Literacy
West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District

Core Questions:

  1. What are universal experiences?
    - How do they relate to concerns of the adolescent reader/writer?
    - How does geography shape/influence/impact human experience?
    - How does the need for story cross cultural boundaries?
    - How does personal experience reflect cultural experience?
  2. How does reading literature give the student an appreciation of the concept of global citizenry?
  3. How, through literature, can students understand their responsibility to the world as well as to their own country?
  4. How can literature help students understand issues of children's rights/spirituality and the impact of religion/international environmental issues on the immigrant experience?
  5. How does the study of global literature foster empathy with others?
  6. How can the integration of global literature enhance students' understanding of themes in American literature?
    - What is the American Dream from the perspective of the American national vs. that of the immigrant?
    - What forces (societal, political, etc.) work toward enabling the achievement of the Dream for the American national vs. the immigrant?
    - What forces (societal, political, etc.) work to thwart the achievement of the Dream for the American national vs. the immigrant?
    - What does it mean to be an American (how has the definition changed)?

Lesson Plans for Select Resources

  "The All-American Slurp"
Lensey Namioka
Lesson Plan & Resource Info
  Falling Leaves: The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter
Adeline Yen Mah
Lesson Plan 1 & Lesson Plan 2 & Resource Info
  The Joy Luck Club
Amy Tan
Lesson Plan & Resource Info
  The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts
Maxine Hong Kingston
Lesson Plans
  Diamond Dust: A Tragedy from Diamond Dust
Anita Desai
Lesson Plan & Resource Info
  "House Opposite"
R.K. Narayan
Lesson Plan
  Nectar in a Sieve
Kamala Markandaya
Lesson Plan & Resource Info
  The Home and the World
Rabindranath Tagore
Lesson Plan
Elie Wiesel
Lesson Plans
  Panther in the Basement
Amos Oz
Lesson Plan & Resource Info
  House on Mango Street
Sandra Cisneros
Lesson Plan & Resource Info
Puerto Rico
  When I Was Puerto Rican
Esmeralda Santiago
Lesson Plan 1, Lesson Plan 2 & Resource Info
Mini Lessons for the Immigrant Experience in the United States
  Japanese Haiku and the American Experience

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