SL.11-12.1

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

 
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Shrink the Epic: Introducing "Beowulf" and the Anglo-Saxon Period of English Literature

12th Grade ELA » Unit: We Need a Hero: The Anglo-Saxon Epic "Beowulf"
12th Grade ELA » Unit: We Need a Hero: The Anglo-Saxon Epic "Beowulf"
Glenda Funk
Pocatello, ID
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

Front-loading activities prepare students to read the Old English, Anglo-Saxon epic.

 
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beowulf seamus heaney
   

The Southern Gothic: A Rose for Emily

11th Grade ELA » Unit: Gothic Literature: The Short Story
11th Grade ELA » Unit: Gothic Literature: The Short Story
Julie Ferreira
Taunton, MA
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

A rose is not just a rose: Emily's dreams wither along with her perception of reality.

 
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a rose for emily
   

Multiple Central Ideas: James McBride's "Hip-hop Planet" Day 1

11th Grade ELA » Unit: Thematic Unit: Popular Culture
11th Grade ELA » Unit: Thematic Unit: Popular Culture
Erik Sussbauer, Ed. D.
Shelburne Falls, MA
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

An author can weave multiple central ideas into one text by using different types of evidence and intricate structure.

 
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james mcbride
   

Close Reading: "I Know Why the Caged Bird Cannot Read"

11th Grade ELA » Unit: Thematic Unit: Education
11th Grade ELA » Unit: Thematic Unit: Education
Erik Sussbauer, Ed. D.
Shelburne Falls, MA
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

Recognizing your own biases will lead to more thoughtful discourse.

 
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bird cant read
   

Literacy & Power with Malcolm X (Day 1 of 2)

11th Grade ELA » Unit: Early American Voices & Developing Reading Habits
11th Grade ELA » Unit: Early American Voices & Developing Reading Habits
Cassy McCoy Carey
Rochester, IL
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Building a powerful framework for the value of literacy sounds like a challenging task, but Malcolm X's story makes the connection easier!

 
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malcolm x
   
12th Grade ELA » Unit: MACBETH
Dr. Elizabeth Watts Bromery
Pembroke Pines, FL
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

What is the evolution of Macbeth's downfall?

 
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Introduction to Their Eyes Were Watching God

11th Grade ELA » Unit: Reading Their Eyes Were Watching God
11th Grade ELA » Unit: Reading Their Eyes Were Watching God
Martha Soto
Los Angeles, CA
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Helping students find a comfortable entry point to this complex novel.

 
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Close Reading: "A Modest Proposal" by Jonathan Swift

11th Grade ELA » Unit: Deepening Rhetorical Analysis
11th Grade ELA » Unit: Deepening Rhetorical Analysis
Erik Sussbauer, Ed. D.
Shelburne Falls, MA
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

Considering the rhetorical situation and connections to the modern world are good strategies for entry into complex older texts.

 
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swift
   

Introduction for Course Literature: Hero's Journey and Archetypes, Day 1 of 2

12th Grade ELA » Unit: Introduction and Background for Course Literature
12th Grade ELA » Unit: Introduction and Background for Course Literature
Dr. Elizabeth Watts Bromery
Pembroke Pines, FL
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Life is a struggle and requires courage.

 
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star wars the legacy
   

Preparation for BEOWULF

12th Grade ELA » Unit: BEOWULF
12th Grade ELA » Unit: BEOWULF
Dr. Elizabeth Watts Bromery
Pembroke Pines, FL
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

"When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness." -Joseph Campbell

 
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student work double entry
   

"The Good and the Badde": Using Primary Texts to Unmask Female Stereotypes

12th Grade ELA » Unit: "The Taming of the Shrew" by William Shakespeare: Unmasking a Troubling Text
12th Grade ELA » Unit: "The Taming of the Shrew" by William Shakespeare: Unmasking a Troubling Text
Glenda Funk
Pocatello, ID
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

Primary documents offer insights into gender roles in Shakespeare's texts.

 
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nicholas breton the good and the badde
   

Socratic Seminar: Shop Class as Soul Craft by Matthew B. Crawford

11th Grade ELA » Unit: Thematic Unit: Education
11th Grade ELA » Unit: Thematic Unit: Education
Erik Sussbauer, Ed. D.
Shelburne Falls, MA
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

Socratic seminars are wonderful for learning what students know and how engaged they are in a book or topic.

 
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structured socratic seminar
   

The Cuckold: Othello Act IV, scene i

11th Grade ELA » Unit: The Shakespearean Drama: Othello
11th Grade ELA » Unit: The Shakespearean Drama: Othello
Julie Ferreira
Taunton, MA
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Othello is stone cold as a cuckold.

 
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cuckold
   

"Lifting the Veil" with Historical Narratives

11th Grade ELA » Unit: Early American Voices & Developing Reading Habits
11th Grade ELA » Unit: Early American Voices & Developing Reading Habits
Cassy McCoy Carey
Rochester, IL
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

How are pink slime, iPads, and slavery related? Simple. They were all brought to light by some compelling narratives which elicited change!

 
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african slave ship diagram
   

Students Teaching Rhetorical Strategies (6 Days)

11th Grade ELA » Unit: Rhetorical Review: Politics and the Environment
11th Grade ELA » Unit: Rhetorical Review: Politics and the Environment
Erik Sussbauer, Ed. D.
Shelburne Falls, MA
Environment: Rural
 
Big Idea:

A great way to deeply learn a topic is to prepare to teach it. . . and then teach it.

 
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paulo freire quote

Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence from texts and other research on the topic or issue to stimulate a thoughtful, well-reasoned exchange of ideas.

Work with peers to promote civil, democratic discussions and decision-making, set clear goals and deadlines, and establish individual roles as needed.

Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that probe reasoning and evidence; ensure a hearing for a full range of positions on a topic or issue; clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions; and promote divergent and creative perspectives.

Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives; synthesize comments, claims, and evidence made on all sides of an issue; resolve contradictions when possible; and determine what additional information or research is required to deepen the investigation or complete the task.

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