This full project-based unit gives an opportunity for students to explicitly practice inference, non-linear plot, and symbolism. They will also discuss the concepts of memory and aging to discover how people from different generations view life experiences.
The two major assessments are an online mind-map (which could also be adapted to paper/pencil) in order to help make inferences from the non-linear plot of the book, as well as an interview with an older person in order to compare their views on memory and aging to the character in the novella.
Whether you are new to project-based learning or a seasoned professional, this unit plan provides clear instructions on how to make sure your students always know the bigger picture of what they are learning.
Students will answer the driving questions: How does a non-linear plot affect our understanding of literature? How does a non-linear plot mirror the way we remember and interpret our world?
They will follow these steps to deeper understanding:
B1: Students will be able to illustrate an image described in detail in the novella and make predictions about the text.
B2: Students will be able to make inferences from specific details to clarify the plotline.
B3: Students will be able to create a mind-map of a non-linear plot using symbolism.
B4 : Students will interview an older person so that they can relate the concepts of memory and aging to a real person.
This complete unit includes the following:
Lesson layout with detailed description of the project process
Engaging hook lesson encouraging students to illustrate passages of imagery from earlier in the novella
Entry presentation that introduces final project goal, driving questions and benchmark scale
2 Journal prompts to engage with the driving questions and opening of the novella
Reading schedule breakdown
Mind map assignment sheet
Mind map rubric
Interview reflection questions
All components delivered as one pdf. Links to working google docs are included for easily editable versions of all documents (simply make a copy and edit!)