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I would like to create a quarter-long writing unit for my English 10 classes. What mini units would you cover within that unit. I don't want it to become a creative writing unit because we already offer that class.

Dec 8, 2016 7:29pm

  • English Language Arts
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    • Dec 9, 2016 2:01am

      I would try out something along the lines of 'What was popular then...' unit. You could begin in the Renaissance with William Shakespeare. The students could read a play or sonnet by Shakespeare and then write their own short play or sonnet. Then move to the next period in time, read something of the famous writers, then have them write their own. This gives the students flexibility to be creative while also keeping them set in doing one thing.

      • Dec 23, 2016 1:45pm

        I recently bought the book "Writing with Mentors" that encourages teachers to use "real" writers and texts as exemplars. Here's one example from the authors' blog that shows how you could look at multiple genres all speaking towards a common topic: They also give lots of examples of using mentor texts to write movie, TV show, or restaurant reviews.

        Have you done literary analysis essays to analyze characters and themes? In these essays, I really focus of teaching students to use textual evidence to support their interpretations.

        When teaching 8th grade, we did an argumentative proposal unit in which students conducted research, created annotated bibliographies, and crafted a proposal to change an aspect of the school (later start time, more art electives, more gym time, etc.). They then shared their research and fielded questions in a panel discussion with the principal, a parent, and another teacher.

        This spring I'm planning a "real world writing" unit for my Juniors. I have three organizations selected. Hopefully we'll take a field trip to these organizations, and then students will write a variety of genres for that organization (a resume/cover letter as if they were applying for a job there, a grant proposal, a newsletter, a letter to the editor, a profile about the founder, social media postings for a week, etc.). They'll create multiple drafts and ultimately we'll share the top selections with the organizations, who will hopefully use them for their websites and publications.