Essential Questions: How does point of view affect the interpretation of an image? Are liberty and justice for all attainable? When is the restriction of freedom a good thing?
Reading Selections: Images: “In the Shadow of the Image” Stuart Ewen and Elizabeth Ewen; “My Satirical Self” Wyatt Mason; “Juvenile Delinquency Films” James Gilbert; “The Stranger in the Photo is Me” Donald M. Murray; “Shadow Catcher” M. Scott Momaday
Freedom/Confinement : “The Man in the Well” Ira Sher; “The Lottery” Shirley Jackson; “The Ones who Walk Away From Omelas” Ursula K. LeGuin;” “The Price of Free Speech” Gerald Uelmen; “The Debates over Placing Limits on Racist Speech Must Not Ignore the Damage It Does to Its Victims” Charles R. Lawrence III; “Black Boys Play the Classics” Tori Derricotte
2nd nine weeks: Controversial Issues/Research and Documentation
Essential Questions: What are the responsibilities of the individual in regard to issues of social justice? What are the benefits and consequences of questioning/ challenging social order?
Reading Selections: Issues: “obesity: Who is Responsible for Out Weight,” Radley Balko; “Racial Profiling: should Airports Use It to Screen Passengers?” Clifford S. Fishman; “Single-Sex Classrooms:Do They Offer Advantages?” Rosalind C. Barnett and Caryl Rivers; “Testing: What Value Do Tests Have?” Paul Goodman; “The Brain on Trial” David Eagleman; Other reading is dependent on self-selected topics.
3rd nine weeks: Gender Roles/Justice
Essential Questions: How do gender roles affect our identity and society’s expectations of us? What is social justice? Do we have choices concerning fairness and justice?
Reading Selections: Gender: “Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture” Ariel Levy; “I Stand Here Ironing” Tillie Olsen; “What is Beauty and How Do We Know It” Nancy Etcoff; “Trifles” Susan Glaspell; “Poof!” Lynn Nottage; “The Yellow Wallpaper” Charlotte Perkins Gilman; “Dear John Wayne” Louise Erditch; “My Last Duchess” Robert Browning; “My Ex-Husband” Gabriel Spera
Justice: “The Lesson” Toni Cade Bambara; “Incident” Countee Cullen; “Incident” Natasha Trethewey;
“The Chimney Sweeper” William Blake; “Capital Punishment” Sherman Alexie; “Worked and Overworked” Steven Greenhouse; “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” Frederick Douglass; “A More Perfect Union” Barack Obama
4th nine weeks: Family and Community
Essential Questions: What impact does family have during different stages of our lives? How are people transformed through their relationships with others?
Reading Selections: A Raisin in the Sun Lorraine Hansberry; “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” Joyce Carol Oates; “The Story of an Hour” Kate Chopin; “Against Love” Laura Kipnis; “The Marriage Trap” Meghan O’Rourke; “Daddy” Sylvia Plath; “Everyday Use” Alice Walker; “The Rich Brother” Tobias Wolff; ‘forgiving my father” Lucille Clifton; “Legacies” Nikki Giovanni; “Heritage” Linda Hogan