Unit 1: The Challenge of Heroism
Essential Questions: What defines a hero? How does the Hero's Journey Archetype appear in stories
Embedded Assessment 1: Writing a Hero's Journey Narrative
Embedded Assessment 2: Writing a Definition Essay
Unit 2: The Challenge of Utopia
Essential Questions: To what extent can a perfect or ideal society exist? What makes an argument effective?
Embedded Assessment 1: Writing an Expository Essay
Embedded Assessment 2: Writing an Argumentative Essay
Unit 3: The Challenge to Make a Difference
Essential Questions: Why is it important to learn about the Holocaust? How can one person make a difference?
Embedded Assessment 1: Presenting Voices of the Holocaust
Embedded Assessment 2: Presenting a Multimedia Campaign
Unit 4: The Challenge of Comedy
Essential Questions: How do writers and speakers use humor to convey truth? What makes an
effective performance of a Shakespearean comedy?
Embedded Assessment 1: Writing an Analysis of a Humorous Text
Embedded Assessment 2: Performing a Shakespearean Comedy