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House on Mango Street


Teacher Interview:

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"What quality of will must a Negro possess to live and die with dignity in a country that denied his humanity? (341"

Richard Wright. Black Boy


1. What is a human right?

2. How do you define Justice?

3. What is the relationship between injustice and self-esteem


Teacher Interview : Self-Esteem

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The themes incorporated in this unit are the primary focus of the lesson. The themes are designed to assist the student in learning the basic fundamentals of racism, discrimination, stereotyping, and internal oppression. In conjunction with the novel, this unit guides the lesson for teaching students how to develop their social skills and self-esteem. Thus, the unit informs their ethical, moral and cultural awareness

The following themes and content standards are used as guides to help the students focus on their own self-esteem, self-motivation, and self-direction awareness.

  • Social Justice: Ethics is an area where students tend to lack social awareness.

  • Social Transformation: Moral values development is an area where students can expand their (social consciousness) awareness.

  • Social reconciliation: Loyalty to self and other people is an area where students can develop integrative awareness (integrate newly acquired knowledge with prior life experiences for improving ones own social interactions with other people).
Unit Overview
Essential Question
Content Standards
Technology Integration Process
Materials Used
Concluding Assignment
Teacher Commentary
Handout: Template 1
Handout: Template 2
Student Work
Project 1: Role Playing
Project 2: Documentary
Writing Sample 2
Writing Sample 3
Teacher Interview:
Lesson Before Dying
Teacher Interview:
Another Lesson
Teacher Interview:
Essential Question
Teacher Interview:
Self Esteem
Teacher Interview:
Writing & Technology
Student Interview :
Video Documentary:
Capital Offenses
Student Interview :
Student Presenters
Student Performance:
Martin Luther King Jr.
Student Performanc :
Jackie Robinson
Student Performance:
Maya Angelou
Student Interview:

Urban Dreams
OUSD Curriculum Unit
A Lesson Before Dying
by Ernest Gaines
Subject: English/ELD
Grade Level: 9th

Lesson Plan Author:
Mary Scott
School: Skyline High School
Organization: OUSD