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English Language Arts, Grade 11
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The 11th grade learning experience consists of 7 mostly month-long units aligned to the Common Core State Standards, with available course material for teachers and students easily accessible online. Over the course of the year there is a steady progression in text complexity levels, sophistication of writing tasks, speaking and listening activities, and increased opportunities for independent and collaborative work. Rubrics and student models accompany many writing assignments.Throughout the 11th grade year, in addition to the Common Read texts that the whole class reads together, students each select an Independent Reading book and engage with peers in group Book Talks. Students move from learning the class rituals and routines and genre features of argument writing in Unit 11.1 to learning about narrative and informational genres in Unit 11.2: The American Short Story. Teacher resources provide additional materials to support each unit.

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English Language Arts
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Date Added:
03/04/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 11, Can Cheaters Be Winners?
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In this 5-day unit, students will explore the topic of cheating. Cheating seems to be ever-present in today’s society. Whether we are talking about athletes being busted for using steroids or students “sharing” answers and plagiarizing on final exams, one thing is clear—there’s a whole lot of cheating going on. In this unit, students will take a look at some contemporary instances of cheating and argue whether under certain situations cheating is not only excusable, but also justifiable.

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English Language Arts
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
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English Language Arts, Grade 11, Can Cheaters Be Winners?, Can Cheaters Be Winners?, A Reflection On Reading Comprehension
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In this lesson, you will take the first of two culminating assessments for this unit. You’ll read new material and answer questions that reflect your reading comprehension.Over the next two lessons, students will complete the culminating assessment for this unit.In this lesson, students will read text and answer questions that reflect their reading comprehension. Some questions will ask students to select from a group of answers supplied. Other questions will ask students to construct their own answers and write them in the space provided.

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English Language Arts
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Author:
Chris Adcock
Date Added:
03/04/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 11, Can Cheaters Be Winners?, Can Cheaters Be Winners?, Culminating Assessment (Writing Portion)
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In this lesson, you will take the writing portion of the culminating assessment. You will continue to use the skills you have learned in the first three lessons of this unit.Today, students will take the writing portion of the culminating assessment.They will reflect on all the material they have read in this unit, and they will use their understanding of all the material presented to them to write an essay. You will evaluate their work in both reading comprehension and writing.

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English Language Arts
Reading Literature
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Author:
Chris Adcock
Date Added:
03/04/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12
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The 12th grade learning experience consists of 7 mostly month-long units aligned to the Common Core State Standards, with available course material for teachers and students easily accessible online. Over the course of the year there is a steady progression in text complexity levels, sophistication of writing tasks, speaking and listening activities, and increased opportunities for independent and collaborative work. Rubrics and student models accompany many writing assignments.Throughout the 12th grade year, in addition to the Common Read texts that the whole class reads together, students each select an Independent Reading book and engage with peers in group Book Talks. Language study is embedded in every 12th grade unit as students use annotation to closely review aspects of each text. Teacher resources provide additional materials to support each unit.

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English Language Arts
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Date Added:
02/25/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Global Issues
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Who decides who among us is civilized? What rules should govern immigration into the United States? Whom should we let in? Keep out? What should we do about political refugees or children without papers? What if they would be a drain on our economy?

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Students read William Shakespeare’s play The Tempest and write a short argument about who in the play is truly civilized.
Students participate in a mock trial in which they argue for or against granting asylum to a teenage refugee, and then they write arguments in favor of granting asylum to one refugee and against granting it to another.
Students read an Independent Reading text and write an informational essay about a global issue and how that relates to their book.

GUIDING QUESTIONS

These questions are a guide to stimulate thinking, discussion, and writing on the themes and ideas in the unit. For complete and thoughtful answers and for meaningful discussions, students must use evidence based on careful reading of the texts.

What role do national identity, custom, religion, and other locally held beliefs play in a world increasingly characterized by globalization?
How does Shakespeare’s view of human rights compare with that in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?
Who is civilized? Who decides what civilization is or how it’s defined?
How do we behave toward and acknowledge those whose culture is different from our own?

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English Language Arts
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Global Issues, Contemporary Issues, Discussing Xenophobia
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In this lesson, students will write about how their Independent Reading book addresses the unit’s Guiding Questions, and they’ll share their responses with a partner. Students will begin writing a narrative about a time when they were afraid. They’ll also discuss xenophobia.

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English Language Arts
Reading Literature
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Date Added:
02/25/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Global Issues, Contemporary Issues, Globalization 101
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What is globalization? In this lesson, students will explore answers to the question by reading information from a website called Globalization 101. They’ll choose one area of interest to explore from this website. Students will plan a presentation to share their findings with the whole class.

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English Language Arts
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Date Added:
02/25/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Global Issues, Contemporary Issues, Immigration Policy Fact Sheet
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What is the U.S. policy on immigration, especially for refugees? In this lesson, students will share responses on current issues in immigration. Then, as a class, they’ll jigsaw a fact sheet about immigration policy. They’ll get instructions about the Granting Refuge Activity.

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English Language Arts
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English Language Arts, Grade 12, Global Issues, Contemporary Issues, Reflecting on Globalization
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How do we behave toward and acknowledge those whose culture is different from our own? In this lesson, students will take a moment to polish their presentations, and then each group will present. Then they’ll write a reflection about the benefits and drawbacks of globalization.

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English Language Arts
Reading Informational Text
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02/25/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Global Issues, Contemporary Issues, The New Colossus Poem By Emma Lazarus
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Is immigration reform necessary? In this lesson, students will revise their narratives for sentence variety and proofread them. They’ll read Emma Lazarus’s poem “The New Colossus” and discuss what the poem says about immigrants. They’ll write about current issues regarding immigration.

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English Language Arts
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02/25/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Global Issues, Contemporary Issues, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
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In this lesson, students will share their drafts of their fear narratives and give feedback in small groups. They’ll have class time to revise and complete a final draft. They’ll revisit the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to see what the document says about immigrants and refugees.

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English Language Arts
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Date Added:
02/25/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Global Issues, Granting Refuge, Case Presentations
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Whom should we let in? In this lesson, the defense, prosecution, and teenager from two cases will make their presentations. The policy board members will decide each case. Those observing will take notes, listing arguments for and against granting asylum.

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English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
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Author:
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Date Added:
02/25/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Global Issues, Granting Refuge, Clarifying Arguments
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Whom should we let in? This lesson is a repeat of the last lesson, with the cases of two different teenagers presented. After the class listens to the cases and decisions, you will clarify your students’ argument assignments.

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English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
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Date Added:
02/25/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Global Issues, Granting Refuge, Granting Refuge Activity
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In this lesson, students will be assigned a role for the Granting Refuge Activity. They’ll meet in groups to research, develop strategies, and plan how to argue for granting asylum or denying it.

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English Language Arts
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02/25/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Global Issues, Granting Refuge, Granting Refuge Activity Group Arguments
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In this lesson, students will meet with their Granting Refuge Activity groups. Then they’ll meet in one of three groups: teenagers and their defenders, prosecutors, and policy board members. Finally, they’ll go back to their original groups to prepare arguments for the next lesson.

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English Language Arts
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Date Added:
02/25/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Global Issues, Granting Refuge, Written Arguments (Feedback)
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What are the requirements for a written argument? In this lesson, students will draft an essay arguing in favor of granting asylum to one refugee in the Granting Refuge Activity and against granting it to another. They’ll share their writing and get feedback.

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English Language Arts
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02/25/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Global Issues, Report of Information, Detailed Draft Report
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In this lesson, you'll use your detailed outline to write an initial draft of your report. You'll share your writing in triads and receive feedback. Your essay may be chosen for Author's Chair. You'll revise the body of your report and consider ways to embed multimedia elements.In this lesson, students will use their detailed outline to write an initial draft of their report. They’ll share their writing in triads and receive feedback. Their essay may be chosen for Author’s Chair. Students will revise the body of their report and consider ways to embed multimedia elements.

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English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
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Author:
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Date Added:
02/25/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Global Issues, Report of Information, Informational Rubric & Detailed Outline
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In this lesson, you'll work with a partner to brainstorm ideas for research for your report. You'll review the Informational rubric and write a detailed outline.In this lesson, students will work with a partner to brainstorm ideas for research for their report. They’ll review the Grade 12 Informational Writing Rubric and write a detailed outline.

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English Language Arts
Material Type:
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Author:
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Date Added:
02/25/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Global Issues, Report of Information, Report Feedback
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In this lesson, you'll join a small group to share your report and receive more feedback. Group members will choose one report to be presented in Lesson 28 to the whole class. You'll revise, proofread, and prepare the final draft of your report.In this lesson, students will join small groups to share their reports and receive more feedback. Group members will choose one report to be presented in Lesson 28 to the whole class. Students will revise, proofread, and prepare the final draft of their report.

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English Language Arts
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Author:
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Date Added:
02/25/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Global Issues, Report of Information, Report Presentations
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Congratulations on all the writing you have completed in this unit! In this lesson, selected students will present their work. After those presentations, you'll submit your report and write a reflection on what it means to be a civilized citizen.Congratulations on all the writing students have completed in this unit! In this lesson, selected students will present their work. After those presentations, they’ll submit their report and write a reflection on what it means to be a civilized citizen.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
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Date Added:
02/25/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Global Issues, Report of Information, Reviewing Granted Asylums
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In this lesson, you'll see who the class thought should be granted asylum. You'll learn about your next assignment: a report on an issue from your Independent Reading book. You'll choose your issue, submit it to your teacher, and start working.In this lesson, students will see who the class thought should be granted asylum. They’ll learn about their next assignment: a report on an issue from their Independent Reading book. Students will choose their issue, submit it to you, and start working.

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English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
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Author:
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Date Added:
02/25/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Global Issues, The Tempest: Who Is Civilized?, Character Charting The Tempest
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In this lesson, after being introduced to the unit, students will begin reading act 1 of The Tempest with the goal of understanding who the characters are and what happens. They’ll begin to chart the characters and find useful vocabulary.

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English Language Arts
Reading Literature
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
OER Administrator
Date Added:
02/25/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Global Issues, The Tempest: Who Is Civilized?, Citing Quotations From A Play
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What are the conventions for citing quotations from a play? You will guide students through the rules, and they’ll have one more chance to proofread their essays. Students will reflect on the Guiding Questions. Then they will select their Independent Reading books.

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English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
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Date Added:
02/25/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Global Issues, The Tempest: Who Is Civilized?, Close Reading Of Prospero's Lines
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In this lesson, students will begin by reviewing the play so far and then meet again in groups to read act 4. They’ll do a close reading of Prospero’s lines and take on the perspectives of different characters to comment on his meaning. For homework, students will continue planning their essays.

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English Language Arts
Reading Literature
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
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Date Added:
02/25/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Global Issues, The Tempest: Who Is Civilized?, Examining Characters Actions & Persona
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In this lesson, students will write about and discuss this question: Who is enslaved in The Tempest? They’ll read, annotate, write about, and discuss act 5. Then students will take on the persona of one of the characters and explain their actions.

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English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
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Author:
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Date Added:
02/25/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Global Issues, The Tempest: Who Is Civilized?, Examining Characters Behavior
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Who is free at the end of the play? In this lesson, students will share their responses to that question and their ideas about the ending of the play. Students will have class time to draft an essay about civilized behavior in The Tempest. For homework, students will complete an initial draft of their essay.

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English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
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Date Added:
02/25/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Global Issues, The Tempest: Who Is Civilized?, Gonzalo’s Idea of An Eden-like Civilization
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Who in Shakespeare’s play is guilty of violating human rights as we understand them today? In this lesson, students will continue reading, annotating, and discussing act 2 in small groups. They’ll also focus on Gonzalo’s ideas of an Eden-like civilization.

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English Language Arts
Reading Literature
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
OER Administrator
Date Added:
02/25/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Global Issues, The Tempest: Who Is Civilized?, O'Toole Essay on Technology
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Which character in The Tempest has been treated most unfairly? In this lesson, students will continue that discussion. Then they’ll share their annotation of the O’Toole essay and write about whether technology can be used to “suppress and subjugate.” Students will also plan for their “Who Is Civilized?” essay.

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English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
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Date Added:
02/25/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Global Issues, The Tempest: Who Is Civilized?, Peer Review (Rubric)
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In this lesson, students will meet in small groups to read initial drafts of their essays, focusing on introductions and conclusions. Then they’ll use a rubric to see what needs to be revised and will do so for homework.

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English Language Arts
Reading Informational Text
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Lesson Plan
Author:
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Date Added:
02/25/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Global Issues, The Tempest: Who Is Civilized?, Prospero's Justification
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In this lesson, students will begin with a discussion about their reading of the play so far. In small groups, they’ll speculate about where Shakespeare got some of his ideas. They’ll write about Prospero’s justification for causing the life-threatening storm.

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English Language Arts
Reading Literature
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
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Date Added:
02/25/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Global Issues, The Tempest: Who Is Civilized?, Reading Groups & Vocabulary Quiz
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How does Prospero plan to avenge the wrongs done to him? In this lesson, students will discuss responses to the reading. In groups, they will continue to read, annotate, and discuss the play. At the end of the period, students will quiz themselves on vocabulary from the play.

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English Language Arts
Reading Literature
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
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Date Added:
02/25/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Global Issues, The Tempest: Who Is Civilized?, Research On Shakespeare's Era
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In this lesson, students will discuss human rights. They’ll begin asking who in The Tempest is civilized. Students will research what life was like in Shakespeare’s time. Then they’ll read and annotate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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English Language Arts
Reading Literature
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Date Added:
02/25/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Global Issues, The Tempest: Who Is Civilized?, Reviewing Source Materials
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Where did Shakespeare get his ideas? In this lesson, students will read and annotate source materials written by Montaigne and others. They’ll discuss the question of what the materials say about native peoples of the Americas. They’ll also compare the ideas of Gonzalo and Montaigne.

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English Language Arts
Reading Literature
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
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Date Added:
02/25/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Lincoln Speaks to Americans
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In this short unit, students will spend three lessons exploring some of Abraham Lincoln's speeches. Students will explore Lincoln's themes and consider how they address the issues of his time, and they'll analyze the literary and rhetorical devices he used to express his ideas.

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English Language Arts
Reading Informational Text
Speaking and Listening
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Lincoln Speaks to Americans, Lincoln Speaks to Americans, Culminating Assessment
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Over the next two lessons, students will complete the culminating assessment for this unit.In this lesson, students will read text and answer questions that reflect their reading comprehension. Some questions will ask students to select from a group of answers supplied. Other questions will ask students to construct their own answers and write them in the space provided.

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English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
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Date Added:
02/25/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Lincoln Speaks to Americans, Lincoln Speaks to Americans, Culminating Assessment (Writing Portion)
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Today, students will take the writing portion of the culminating assessment.They will reflect on all the material they have read in this unit, and they will use their understanding of all the material presented to them to write an essay. You will evaluate their work in both reading comprehension and writing.

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English Language Arts
Reading Literature
Material Type:
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Author:
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Date Added:
02/25/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Lincoln Speaks to Americans, Lincoln Speaks to Americans, Lincoln's Speech Addressing The Civil War & National Situation
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In this lesson, students will read two speeches given by Abraham Lincoln and consider how he shaped his words to have the most impact on his audience. They’ll consider how these speeches reflect the national situation just before the Civil War and put themselves into the mind-set of a New Jersey state senator.

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English Language Arts
Reading Literature
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Author:
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Date Added:
02/25/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Lincoln Speaks to Americans, Lincoln Speaks to Americans, The Gettysburg Address
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In this lesson, students will continue analyzing Lincoln’s first inaugural address. They’ll read two more of his speeches, including the Gettysburg Address. Then, they’ll analyze his themes and the ways that he used literary and rhetorical devices.

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English Language Arts
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Author:
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Date Added:
02/25/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Project: Self-Portrait
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This project unit—a multimedia self-portrait published in digital form—is the capstone of your students' high school careers. It is a chance for them to pause and reflect on where they've been, where they're going, and who they are as a person. Students will reflect on what they want others to know about them: what they want their message to be and what types of media they might use to convey that message. Students will have the opportunity to express themselves in many different formats—through writing, of course, but also through other media of their choosing. Students will be able to convey your message through visual art, photography, a graphic novel, audio, poetry, or video—practically any type of media they want!

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Students will complete a multimedia self-portrait, capturing important aspects of the essence of themselves.
Students will contribute one chapter from their multimedia self-portrait to a class anthology.
Students will present one chapter from their multimedia self-portrait to the class.

GUIDING QUESTIONS

These questions are a guide to stimulate thinking, discussion, and writing on the themes and ideas in the unit. For complete and thoughtful answers and for meaningful discussions, students must use evidence based on careful reading of the texts.

How is late adolescence a moment of internal and external change?
What are the most important qualities of your character—past, present, and future?
How can you portray these key aspects of yourself using multimedia?

BENCHMARK ASSESSMENT: Cold Read

During this unit, on a day of your choosing, we recommend you administer a Cold Read to assess students’ reading comprehension. For this assessment, students read a text they have never seen before and then respond to multiple-choice and constructed-response questions. The assessment is not included in this course materials.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening