In this unit, students finish reading A Mighty Long Way and complete their study of Carlotta’s journey to justice. Students also study the ways in which Carlotta Walls Lanier decided to tell her own story by examining, in part, her use of language techniques. For the mid-unit assessment, students show what they know about language techniques when they determine the effectiveness of language techniques such as the functions and types of verbals, use of the subjunctive and conditional mood in a sentence, and the meaning conveyed by using the active and passive voice.
In the second half of the unit, students choose four photographs from the book Little Rock Girl 1957 as key events to lift up in a film based on A Mighty Long Way, and a song for the film soundtrack. For the end of unit assessment, students write an on-demand response describing the photographs and song they have chosen and arguing why they have chosen them using evidence from A Mighty Long Way to support their claims. Finally, for the final performance task, students present their photographs and song choice and their arguments for choosing them for the whole group.