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Connecting Past and Present: A Local Research Project
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In this unit, students become active archivists, gathering photos, artifacts, and stories for a museum exhibit that highlights one decade in their school's history.

Subject:
Language, Grammar, and Vocabulary
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
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ReadWriteThink
Provider Set:
ReadWriteThink
Date Added:
11/18/2020
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.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Full Course
Date Added:
03/04/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 11, Project: Growing Up Digital
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In this unit, students will produce two major pieces of work.  The first piece is an argument essay that grapples with one of the core questions of the unit: who are we, and who have we become because of the ways we connect? Students will read, annotate, and discuss several texts together as they consider the issues surrounding this question, and they will also research and annotate independently as they search for more evidence and perspectives to help deepen their ideas.  They will also create a museum exhibit as part of a team.  The exhibit project will help students identify what's worth preserving about their unique place in history.

PROJECT UNITS

This project unit continues to meet the English Language Arts standards as it also utilizes the learning principles established by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. It is designed to support deep content knowledge and perseverance through long-term project planning and implementation. In addition, it will help students to recognize, develop, and apply the planning, teamwork, communication, and presentation skills they will use while presenting a final product to their class and/or the greater community. This real-world project-based activity will give students an opportunity to apply the skills they have been learning all year and will guide them to develop the motivation, knowledge, and skills they need in order to be college and career ready.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Students write an argument paper where they develop a claim about current culture as it has been influenced by digital connectivity.
Students participate in a group project to create a museum exhibit that captures a unique place, time, and relationship to technology. Students acknowledge the differing perspectives of each group member and use those perspectives to synthesize one cohesive visual argument together.

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 does it mean to be digitally connected?
What are the implications of living in a world where everyone is digitally connected?
How does the availability of instant connectivity shape our relationships?
What does our Internet use reveal about people's needs as humans?

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
English Language Arts, Grade 11, Project: Growing Up Digital, Communicating a Digital Experience, Assessment Criteria
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In this lesson, students will use the assessment criteria of the Unit Accomplishments to examine their own museum exhibit and an online exhibit of their choice. They can review the Unit Accomplishments in Lesson 3, Task 1.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Chris Adcock
Date Added:
03/04/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 11, Project: Growing Up Digital, Communicating a Digital Experience, Exhibit Creative Format
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In this lesson, students will finalize and set up their exhibits. This lesson is their opportunity to bring together all of their research and understanding into a creative format for other people to experience.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Chris Adcock
Date Added:
03/04/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 11, Project: Growing Up Digital, Communicating a Digital Experience, Exhibit Theme Analysis
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During this lesson, students will meet with their museum exhibit team to refine and develop their exhibit's theme. They will decide what stance they want to take on the issue of the Digital Native's relationship to technology.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Chris Adcock
Date Added:
03/04/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 11, Project: Growing Up Digital, Communicating a Digital Experience, Museum Exhibit Project
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In this lesson, students will review the museum exhibit project and plan the work process they'll use to research and create their exhibit. They'll also begin to research excellent museum exhibits in order to garner ideas for their own.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Chris Adcock
Date Added:
03/04/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 11, Project: Growing Up Digital, Communicating a Digital Experience, Museum Exhibit Team Review
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In this lesson, students will work independently with their museum exhibit teams. Their challenge will be to use this time efficiently so they get the maximum possible benefit.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Chris Adcock
Date Added:
03/04/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 11, Project: Growing Up Digital, Communicating a Digital Experience, Museum Exhibits & The Imagination
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In this lesson, students will consider the ways good museum exhibits make use of a hook, an extraordinary artifact with the power to capture the imagination. Then they'll work independently on their exhibit.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Chris Adcock
Date Added:
03/04/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 11, Project: Growing Up Digital, Communicating a Digital Experience, Structure of A Museum Exhibit
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In this lesson, students will consider the ways good museum exhibits break their stories into beginnings, middles, and ends to create flow and engagement. They will also work on their museum exhibit.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Reading Literature
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Chris Adcock
Date Added:
03/04/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 11, Project: Growing Up Digital, Communicating a Digital Experience, Viking Voyage Exhibit
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In this lesson, students will revisit the Viking Voyage exhibit to look for ways to make an exhibit more interactive and engaging. They will also have some time to work independently with their team on their museum exhibit.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Chris Adcock
Date Added:
03/04/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 11, Project: Growing Up Digital, The Effect of Digital Connectivity, Information Writing
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The purpose of this third Benchmark Assessment (Cold Write) is to assess what students know about informational writing. Students will respond to a writing prompt, and you will score results as a measure of their progress. Students will also research independently to find information and perspectives for their argument essay.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Chris Adcock
Date Added:
03/04/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 11, Project: Growing Up Digital, The Effect of Digital Connectivity, Writing An Effective Conclusion
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In this lesson, students will learn about some of the principles of writing an effective conclusion. As they consider how bias works in an argument, they'll apply their new insights about bias to their essay.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Chris Adcock
Date Added:
03/04/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 11, Revolution
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People often say that mankind should learn from history. Charles Dickens, whose books are considered classics, set his novel A Tale of Two Cities in the past. He wanted his readers to learn from the bloody French Revolution and from the widespread brutality in London. Both cities (Paris and London) offer the reader a glimpse into dark and dangerous times. As students read about Dickens's Victorian setting and learn his view of the French Revolution, they will think about what makes a just world. Students will have a chance to think about their own experiences, and, using techniques they have learned from Charles Dickens, they will do some writing that sends a message about your own world.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

To complete the unit accomplishments, students will:

Read the Charles Dickens novel A Tale of Two Cities.
Read several short pieces, including a biography of Dickens and excerpts from other literature, to help them understand Dickens’s world and the world of the novel.
Explore new vocabulary to build their ability to write and speak using academic language.
Practice close reading and participate in several role plays and dramatic readings to help them experience the dramatic writing style of Charles Dickens.
Write a vignette and a short narrative piece, and practice using descriptive detail and precise language.
Write a reflection about the meaning of Dickens’s novel.

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 does good storytelling affect the reader, and how can a good story promote change in the world?
What was the Victorian view of gender roles?
How can power be abused?
What is loyalty ? What are the limits of loyalty?

Subject:
English Language Arts
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
English Language Arts, Grade 11, Revolution, Is This Justice?, Theme Analysis
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In this lesson, students will think about the theme of sacrifice in the novel, and reflect on the novel’s final impact on themselves as readers. They will also pay careful attention to the famous lines that conclude the novel.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Chris Adcock
Date Added:
03/04/2021
From a Science Center or Museum Near You: The IGLO Project
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This article describes the IGLO project and its involvement with local science centers and museums. Webcasts, online materials, and other resources are linked within the article.

Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Robert Payo
Date Added:
02/09/2021