Bundle: Writing with Mentor Texts - American Authors

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7th - 11th, Homeschool
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    1. Are you new to American Literature or tired of boring worksheets? Engage students in real-world learning connections and critical thinking with these lessons and activities for your American Literature Curriculum. This growing bundle is organized thematically and includes a variety of lessons that m
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    With the Common Core’s emphasis on nonfiction texts, classic American authors, and writing, this bundle meets many needs. In these three Inspired Writing lessons, students use mentor texts as models for their own authentic writing.

    Furthermore, the lessons guide students through close readings of texts that vary by genre, time period, and author. Texts include the following: excerpt from Poor Richard’s Almanack by Benjamin Franklin, "The Gettysburg Address" by Abraham Lincoln, and "I’ve Been to the Mountaintop" by Martin Luther King, Jr. Additionally, the lessons provide focus on several literary devices including aphorisms, parallel structures, and allusions.

    These lessons incorporate all strands of the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) Anchor Standards.

    This 55-page Zip File with PDF files and a Power-Point Presentation includes the following:

    explicit lesson plans with identified Common Core Anchor Standards

    • pre-reading guides
    • aphorism handouts
    • recommended evaluation criteria
    • aphorism writing assignment
    • sample aphorisms
    • photos of teacher and students examples
    • seven-slide virtual field trip to memorials (PowerPoint)
    • virtual field trip graphic organizer
    • contextual reading guides
    • text of "The Gettysburg Address"
    • planning a speech graphic organizer
    • memorial and speech assignments with suggested evaluation criteria
    • peer review handouts
    • student memorial examples
    • student speech example
    • understanding allusions handouts
    • vocabulary activity
    • link to "I’ve Been to the Mountaintop" speech online
    • analyzing political speeches graphic organizer
    • prewriting handout
    • keys (including detailed responses for all of the activities)

    If preferred, find each lesson available separately, too!


    Memorial Design & Speech Writing

    I've Been to the Mountaintop by MLK, Jr.

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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
    Apply grades 11–12 Reading standards to literary nonfiction (e.g., “Delineate and evaluate the reasoning in seminal U.S. texts, including the application of constitutional principles and use of legal reasoning [e.g., in U.S. Supreme Court Case majority opinions and dissents] and the premises, purposes, and arguments in works of public advocacy [e.g., The Federalist, presidential addresses]”).
    Apply grades 11–12 Reading standards to literature (e.g., “Demonstrate knowledge of eighteenth-, nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century foundational works of American literature, including how two or more texts from the same period treat similar themes or topics”).
    Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.
    Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


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