After the "Do Now," I will explain to students that our new unit is Actions and Reactions. For this unit, we will be answering the question: How do perceptions affect actions? This question will stay posted during this unit.
Next we well be listening to a poem, "The Wreck of the Hesperus." I am choosing to read this poem because it is a great launch into the unit. Students will get an opportunity to distinguish between the three different perceptions of the situation in the poem as well as the actions and reactions of the characters and compare them to the actual circumstances. Eventually, we will tie this back to the essential question. While we listen and read, we want to be able to determine and discuss the three different perceptions of the circumstance presented in the poem (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.1a) using details from what we have read and heard. Before doing that, I think it is important that my students have a solid understanding of the poem; therefore, I will play an audio of the poem as the follow along.
I won't be showing the entire five minute video; I will stop it at the end of the poem. During this first reading, I will require that students simply listen and follow along in their books in order to try to make sense of the circumstance and perceptions of the characters. I chose this audio because there is an image of a wave hitting the rocks at sea and soothing music playing in the background, but there are no other images that might take away from their listening, reading, and comprehension of the poem.
After the first reading, I will ask students to turn and talk about what is happening in the poem (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.1a). I am doing this to see if they have the general gist of the plot because they will read more closely in the next section of the lesson.