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Unit Opener: Literacy Narratives
Text Model: Teacher-selected clips from the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives, and an excerpt from Bronwyn T. Williams’ article, “Heroes, Rebels, and Victims: Students Identity in Literacy Narratives
Standards: RI.11-12.1, RI.11-12.2, RI.11-12.7, RI.11-12.10, W.11-12.10, SL.11-12.1
Analysis: Read Williams’ article and identify main ideas and types of patterns in literacy narratives.
Routine Writing: Have student watch teacher-selected clips and write a paragraph identifying patterns that are evident in the literacy narrative.
Lesson Seed #1
Overview: Students watch a brief clip of sports highlights, and list the characteristics of an amazing sports highlight—what must the moment be in order to become a highlight? Transfer the concept to best sentences.
Text Model: A variety of model sentences from Stanley Fish’s How to Write a Sentence and How to Read One and Don and Jenny Killgallon’s Paragraphs for High School
Standards: RL.11-12.4, RI.11-12.4, RI.11-12.5, W.11-12.10, SL.11-12.1, L.11-12.5
Routine Writing: Routine Writing: brief explanations evaluating sentences
Lesson Seed #2
Overview: Close reading model literacy narratives to analyze author’s craft
Text Model: A variety of literacy narratives from professional writers: Alexi.
Standards: RL.11-12.4, RL.11-12.5, RI.11-12.1, RI.11-12.2, RI.11-12.4, RI.11-12.5, RI.11-12.7, RI.11-12.10, W.11-12.2, W.11-12.4, W.11-12.5, W.11-12.6, W.11-12.10, SL.11-12.1, L.11-12.1, L.11-12.2 L.11-12.3
Routine Writing: Continue sentence and paragraph imitating and analysis; brief and extended analysis of author’s craft, including an essay analyzing the craft of a complete narrative.
Lesson Plan #1
Text Model: Continue analysis and imitation or Welty’s narrative.
Analysis: Continue close reading, analyzing style, and imitating excerpts from literacy narratives, varying in length and increasing in complexity.
Routine Writing: Write and publish an analysis of Dillard’s essay: what is Dillard’s purpose, and how does she effectively use the components of a literacy narrative to convey the purpose?
Overview: Compose and publish a literacy narrative and complete a style self-evaluation.
Text Model: Professional literacy narratives and mentor sentences from previous lessons
Collaborative Discussion: After reading the literacy narrative prompt, students will discuss the decisions the writers needed to make before compositing their narratives.
Lesson Plan #2
Text Model: Professional literacy narratives and mentor sentences from previous lessons.
Standards: W.11-12.2, W.11-12.3, W.11-12.4, W.11-12.5, W.11-12.6, W.11-12.10, L.11-12.1, L.11-12.2, L.11-12.3.
Routine Writing: Student will compose a first draft.
Text Model: Professional literacy narratives and mentor sentences from previous lessons and student essays.
Standards: W.11-12.2, W.11-12.3, W.11-12.4, W.11-12.5, W.11-12.6, W.11-12.10, L.11-12.1, L.11-12.2, L.11-12.3., SL.11-12.1
Collaborative Discussion: Students participate in teacher monitored peer writing conferences using the feedback form.
Standards: W.11-12.2, W.11-12.3, W.11-12.4, W.11-12.5, W.11-12.6, W.11-12.10, L.11-12.1, L.11-12.2,L.11-12.3.
Routine Writing: Students will revise and edit their first drafts to public a final product using the Literacy Narrative rubric to guide revisions.
Activity: Students will publish their drafts and then reflect on the effectiveness of their own stylistic choices using the PAMDISS strategy.
Overview: Create and present a visual version of the literacy narrative.
Routine Writing: Script or captions for presentation
Lesson Seed #3