Gr. 11 Unit: Writers On Writing

Unit-At-A-Glance Organizer

Week 1

Day 1:

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.

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Day 2:

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

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Day 3:

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.

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Day 4:

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.

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Day 5:

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?

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Week 2

Day 6:

Overview: Compose and publish a literacy narrative and complete a style self-evaluation.

Text Model: Professional literacy narratives and mentor sentences from previous lessons

Standards: SL.11-12.1

Collaborative Discussion: After reading the literacy narrative prompt, students will discuss the decisions the writers needed to make before compositing their narratives.

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Day 7:

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.

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Day 8:

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.

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Day 9:

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.

Routine Writing: Students will revise and edit their first drafts to public a final product using the Literacy Narrative rubric to guide revisions.

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Day 10:

Text Model: Professional literacy narratives and mentor sentences from previous lessons.

Standards: W.11-12.6

Activity: Students will publish their drafts and then reflect on the effectiveness of their own stylistic choices using the PAMDISS strategy.

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Week 3

Day 11:

Overview: Create and present a visual version of the literacy narrative.

Standards: SL.11-12.4
SL.11-12.5
SL.11-12.6
L.11-12.1
L.11-12.2

Routine Writing: Script or captions for presentation

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