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6th Grade ELA Conceptual Unit on Character Analysis & Character Building

Character, a dual purpose conceptual unit addressing student abilities to analyze characters of a novel; as well as, build their own individual characters. The first year of middle school, is an appropriate time to discover each of these skills; developing a greater understanding of the literary concept of character and creating a deeper understanding of one’s own self. Peter Smagorinsky states in his book entitled, Teaching English by Design, “Literature often deals with common human experiences about the pressures, changes, dilemmas, aspirations, conflicts … that make growing up such a challenge” (p. 141).  I believe, joining these two concepts of character together allows us to see a purpose in reading literature and allowing it to shape our self, family, community, and/or world. In my experience, I have found that choosing kindness, in middle school or in the real world,  is not always a first choice. This conceptual unit, will develop an understanding of what kindness is and how it can become the first choice in any given situation. R.J. Palacio writes, “If every person in this room made it a rule that wherever you are, whenever you can, you will try to act a little kinder than is necessary - the world really would be a better place (2012).” 

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Magnolia Table’s BLT Sandwiches

Joanna Gaines says in her cookbook Magnolia Table Vol 1, "The combination of smoky bacon, crisp lettuce, and sweet, juicy tomato slices is a classic for a reason. Here it is made even more delicious by a couple of quick and easy embellishments. Spreading mayonnaise on the bread, toasting it on the stovetop give it a perfectly brown crust without drying out the slices. And an herb -and-lemon mayonnaise marries all the elements together beautifully."