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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.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Full Course
Date Added:
03/04/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 11, Much Ado About Nothing
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This unit uses William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing as a vehicle to help students consider how a person is powerless in the face of rumor and how reputations can alter lives, both for good and for ill. They will consider comedy and what makes us laugh. They will see how the standards of beauty and societal views toward women have changed since the Elizabethan Age and reflect on reasons for those changes. As students consider the play, they will write on the passages that inspire and plague them and on topics relating to one of the themes in the play. Finally, they will bring Shakespeare’s words to life in individual performances and in group scene presentations.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Students read Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing .
Students read two Shakespearean sonnets and excerpts from an Elizabethan morality handbook dealing with types of women, and they respond to them from several different perspectives.
For each work of literature, students do some writing. They learn to write a sonnet; create a Prompt Book; complete a Dialectical Journal; and write an analytical essay about a topic relating to a theme in the play.
Students see Shakespeare’s play as it was intended to be seen: in a performance. They memorize 15 or more lines from the play and perform them for the class. Students take part in a short scene as either a director or an actor.

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 are society’s expectations with regard to gender roles?
Does humor transcend time? Do we share the same sense of humor as our ancestors?
How do we judge people?
How important is reputation?

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.

CLASSROOM FILMS

The Branagh version of Much Ado About Nothing is available on DVD through Netflix and for streaming through Amazon. Other versions are also available on both sites.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
English Language Arts, Grade 11, Much Ado About Nothing, What Is Funny?, Rules For Comedy
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In this lesson, students will see if humor can transcend time and if their general rules for comedy can still apply to Shakespeare. They will also become familiar with some of Shakespeare’s insults and compliments and investigate the humor in them. Finally, they will study iambic pentameter and read a Shakespearean sonnet.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Reading Literature
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
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.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Full Course
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?

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

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, 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.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
OER Administrator
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:
OER Administrator
Date Added:
02/25/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Social Class and the Law
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The laws that govern and the social norms that regulate society are not always fair, legal, moral, or ethical. What is a person to do about all this injustice? What are the hazards of righting injustices or changing social norms? And what are the dangers of doing nothing?

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Students read and annotate Antigone, “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” and Pygmalion.
Students write a literary analysis showing the effect of social class or the law on a character’s life.

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 do social class and legal institutions shape literary characters’ lives (and presumably our lives)?
How does social class affect a person in dealing with the law (protect a person, hurt a person)?
How is social class determined in America and in other places in the world?

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 12, Social Class and the Law, Antigone, the Law, and Social Class, The Laws in Thebes
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In this lesson, students discuss the ending of Antigone and retake the survey about justice that they took in Lesson 1. They will also write about how the laws in Thebes have shaped the lives of the characters who live there.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
OER Administrator
Date Added:
02/25/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Things Fall Apart
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In our lives, we are constantly telling stories to ourselves and to others in an attempt to both understand our experiences and present our best selves to others.  But how do we tell a story about ourselves that is both true and positive? How do we hold ourselves up in the best possible light, while still being honest about our struggles and our flaws? Students will explore ways of interpreting and portraying personal experiences.  They'll read Chinua Achebe's novel Things Fall Apart , analyzing the text through the eyes of one character. They'll get to know that character's flaws and strengths, and they'll tell part of the story from that character's perspective, doing their best to tell an honest tale that presents their character's best side. Then they'll explore their own stories, crafting a personal narrative about an important moment of learning in his or her life.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Students read and analyze Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart , viewing the events and conflicts of the novel through the eyes of one of the central characters.
Students write a two-part narrative project: one narrative told through their character’s perspective and one personal narrative about an incident in their own life.

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 do our conflicts shape and show our character?
How can we tell a story about ourselves that’s both honest and positive?
How do definitions of justice change depending on the culture you live in?
What are ways individuals can react to a changing world? To a community that doesn’t accept us?

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 12, Things Fall Apart, Character, Conflict, and Culture, The History of Missionary Work & Colonialism In Africa
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What background knowledge do students need in order to understand this novel? In this lesson, students learn more about Nigeria, the culture of the Igbo people (whom Achebe writes about), and the history of missionary work and colonialism in Africa.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
OER Administrator
Date Added:
02/25/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Things Fall Apart, Our Own Stories, Essay Critical Review
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One important skill a writer must develop is to look critically at his or her own work, identifying areas that need improvement and learning how to ask for thoughtful, targeted feedback. In this lesson, students will ask their peers for help with areas of their narrative they are struggling with.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
OER Administrator
Date Added:
02/25/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Things Fall Apart, Our Own Stories, Project Planning
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Now that students have completed Your Character Narrative, it’s time to begin planning the second part of their project: their personal narrative. In this lesson, they’ll mine their personal journal entries for materials, and they’ll begin planning and outlining their first draft.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
OER Administrator
Date Added:
02/25/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Things Fall Apart, Telling Their Stories, A Review On Character's Self Image
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Do other people’s perceptions of us teach us anything about ourselves? What do we hide from those around us? In this lesson, students will think about how their character’s self-image differs from what others see about him or her. Then, students will begin planning their Things Fall Apart narrative.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
OER Administrator
Date Added:
02/25/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Things Fall Apart, Telling Their Stories, Final Revision
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In this lesson, students will work on their final revision. This is the last class period that they will have to work on this narrative. If they finish early, a variety of extension opportunities will be available to enhance their narrative.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
OER Administrator
Date Added:
02/25/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Things Fall Apart, Telling Their Stories, Narrative Essay Group Feedback
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In this lesson, students will work with their writing groups to revise the first draft of their narrative, looking closely at descriptive language, as well as introductions and conclusions.

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English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
OER Administrator
Date Added:
02/25/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Things Fall Apart, Telling Their Stories, Readers Impression
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A reader’s first impression of a writer is his or her language use. In this lesson, students and their groups will work to make sure that their final drafts make the best impression possible: they’ll edit each other’s work for language use, spelling, and punctuation.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
OER Administrator
Date Added:
02/25/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Things Fall Apart, Telling Their Stories, Revision of Character Narratives
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The purpose of this first informational Benchmark Assessment (Cold Write) is to determine what students already know about informational writing. Students will respond to a writing prompt, and you will score results as a measure of early work. Then they’ll finish their first revision of Your Character Narrative. They’ll write, confer with you, and perhaps get some help from group members.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
OER Administrator
Date Added:
02/25/2021
English Language Arts, Grade 12, Things Fall Apart, The Big Questions, Analyzing Character Approach
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In this lesson, students will analyze Reverend Smith’s approach, contrasting it with Mr. Brown’s. They will think about why Chinua Achebe would include such an opposite pair of characters, and whether there are any other such opposites in the novel. Finally, students will prepare for another discussion.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
OER Administrator
Date Added:
02/25/2021