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By: Ekaterina Kalmanson (James Madison High School, NYC)
Topic(s): E. Religion, Myths & Legends, Heroes
Performance Target: Intermediate High-CEFR B1




Stage 1: What are the Desired Result? (Culture Standard)
Unit Overview

Students explore legends’ heroes and a day of Yuriy Gagarin's life linking folklore, art and history together. Students will be reflecting on heroes features and actions.

Enduring Understanding

Every hero is a human, but not every human is a hero.
Real people and their significant actions may become legends.
Every true hero is a patriot of her/his/their country.
Bravery, respect to labor, love to the home country drive heroes’ actions.
Heroes’ qualities and values are intercultural.

Essential Questions

What makes someone a hero?
What does a day in the life of a hero look like?
Is every hero a patriot?
What are heroes’ values and beliefs?
Are heroes’ qualities and values intercultural?

Intercultural Competence

I can investigate what makes someone a hero.
I can infer historical and cultural meaning from the painting.
I can infer meaning from the Russian folk story and a song.
I can define Russian heroes’ main qualities.
I can compare the similarities and differences in Russian and American traditional values.
I can present information about American hero main qualities.

Stage 2: Determine Acceptable Evidence (Communication Standard)
Context for the Summative Performance Assessment

Students listen to Yuriy Gagarin talking about his flight to space, watch the cartoon and reflect on real hero’s features and actions.

Summative Performance Assessment
Interpretive

What elements of the story are creative imaginations and what happened in real life? List these elements in two tables.

Interpersonal

Discuss your findings and come up with the real story that happened to Yuriy Gagarin on April 12, 1961.

Presentational

Create a story describing a day of an American hero's life.


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Stage 3: Learning Experiences and Instruction (Connections-Comparisons-Communities Standard)
Communicative Mode
Formative Assessments during the lessons, aligning Connections, Comparisons and Communities. Performance Assessment Student Statements(PASS) Language, culture, content for each task Intercultural Competence Can Do's
Interpretive Listening Watch
https://youtu.be/fKdE8g0cucQ

Connections

Watch the video about Vasnetsov’s painting Bogatyri. Label as many objects as you can accordantly. Find examples of symbolism in the painting.

I can understand a few ideas about the painting. Review

Past Tens verbs (R)

Spiral

Descriptive adjectives (S)

New

Adjectives Genitive Case Plural (N)

I can infer historical and cultural meaning from the painting.

Interpersonal Speaking Watch
https://youtu.be/fKdE8g0cucQ

Connections

Discuss your findings with your peers. Play a Hedbanz game.

I can ask and provide information about specific painting. Spiral

Descriptive adjectives (S)

Review

Past Tens verbs (R)

New

Adjectives Genitive Case Plural (N)

I can infer historical and cultural meaning from the painting.

Presentational Speaking Watch
https://youtu.be/fKdE8g0cucQ

Connections

Bring Bogatyri to life! Your dialogs should be historically accurate.

I can present ideas about historical event, or a famous person. Review

Descriptive adjectives (S)

Review

Past Tens verbs (R)

New

Adjectives Genitive Case Plural (N)

I can infer historical and cultural meaning from the painting.

Interpretive Reading Listen
https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vSqYqVu95C1hs-KTmM-GRsrwWmD3_r2HRviY1SZXa5c_HQcUMsDxG8yhjHLfqc98sbT9jq4u6qtEp7U/pub

Comparison

With the teacher’s help read a paragraph from the legend about Ilya Muromets and Nightingale the Robber. Fill in a story map.

I can understand the main idea and a few supporting facts about famous people and historical events. Review

Past Tense verbs (R)

Spiral

Descriptive adjectives (S)
Prepositional case Singular (S)

New

Prepositional Case Plural Nouns and Adjectives (N)

I can infer meaning from the Russian folk story and a song.

Interpersonal Speaking Listen
https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vSqYqVu95C1hs-KTmM-GRsrwWmD3_r2HRviY1SZXa5c_HQcUMsDxG8yhjHLfqc98sbT9jq4u6qtEp7U/pub

Comparison

Discuss Ilya’s actions with your peers. What makes him a hero?

I can ask and provide information about main character actions. Review

Past Tense verbs (R)

Spiral

Descriptive adjectives (S)
Prepositional case Singular (S)

New

Prepositional Case Plural Nouns and Adjectives (N)

I can define Russian heroes’ main qualities.

Presentational Writing Listen
https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vSqYqVu95C1hs-KTmM-GRsrwWmD3_r2HRviY1SZXa5c_HQcUMsDxG8yhjHLfqc98sbT9jq4u6qtEp7U/pub

Comparison

Every family has its own hero. Write a lagend about your family’s hero.

I can write a simple story about someone from my family. Review

Past Tense verbs (R)

Spiral

Descriptive adjectives (S)
Prepositional case Singular (S)

New

Prepositional Case Plural Nouns and Adjectives (N)

I can define Russian heroes’ main qualities.I can compare the similarities and differences in Russian and American traditional values. I can present information about American hero main qualities.

Interpretive Listening Listen
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yqT19ozlyVNnukTeCZhV_W_17fubdybOM1Pcglw2iWE/edit

Communities

Read and summarize an article about Valentina Tereshkova. Give the pictures in the article a title or caption.

I can understand the main idea and a few supporting facts about famous people and historical events. Review

Complex sentences with ЧТО (R)

Spiral

Past Tense verbs (S)
Descriptive adjectives (S)

New

Complex sentence with ЛИ (N)

I can investigate what makes someone a hero.

Interpersonal Speaking Listen
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yqT19ozlyVNnukTeCZhV_W_17fubdybOM1Pcglw2iWE/edit

Comparison

There are real women heroes. Discuss them with your peers. Write down their names and actions that made them heroes.

I can ask and provide information about famous people and their significant actions. Review

Complex sentences with ЧТО

Spiral

Past Tense verbs (S)
Descriptive adjectives (S)

New

Complex sentence with ЛИ (N)

I can define Russian heroes’ main qualities.

Presentational Writing Listen
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yqT19ozlyVNnukTeCZhV_W_17fubdybOM1Pcglw2iWE/edit

Communities

Create a Google slide presentation (4-5 slides) about one of the women heroes presenting their short biography and famous actions.

I can present ideas about historical event, or a famous person. Review

Complex sentences with ЧТО

Spiral

Past Tense verbs (S)
Descriptive adjectives (S)

New

Complex sentence with ЛИ (N)

I can compare the similarities and differences in Russian and American traditional values. I can present information about American hero main qualities.

Materials and Other Resources

Once our cosmonauts https://youtu.be/CGt2s8KvhGc

Video about the painting:
https://youtu.be/fKdE8g0cucQ

Ilya Muromets https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vSqYqVu95C1hs-KTmM-GRsrwWmD3_r2HRviY1SZXa5c_HQcUMsDxG8yhjHLfqc98sbT9jq4u6qtEp7U/pub

Valentina Tereshkova https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yqT19ozlyVNnukTeCZhV_W_17fubdybOM1Pcglw2iWE/edit

Student Work Samples

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