*Disclaimer: A customer review brought to my attention that I did not upload the remaining documents needed to complete this unit, so I created a folder to hold everything.
I LOVE THIS PROJECT!! You could use this with a poetry, short stories, or novels - it is SO versatile!!
Most of the project was inspired by Penny Kittle's Book Love, so it may look familiar to any of you Kittle fans out there. :)
I just finished this and used it with my 10th and 11th graders, but it can be used with students of all ages.
For me, this was a 4 week unit, but you could choose to spend as little or as much time as you would like on it. I chose to have students read in book clubs (4-5 students reading the same novel from a list I created - novels for 10th graders were dystopian, novels for 11th graders revolved around the American Dream). Every Friday, we would have a writer's workshop and students would use their novel as a mentor text to write their own narrative. My sophomores had to write a dystopian story while my juniors had to express a theme of injustice in their narratives.
Also, once a week, students participated in a group discussion, which they recorded as if it were a podcast - they had so much fun! In my 5 years of teaching, I have never had such a high engagement rate.
Other days of the week, I would teach mini-lessons over reading and writing strategies, or give them a work day to prep for discussion, read silently, work on their narrative writing, etc.
In the zipped folder, you will find:
1. the assignment/info sheet for the project (it covers every requirement, a calendar, discussion rubric, and roles/responsibilities)
2. A learning contract for students to initial and sign
3. Requirements for a storyboard assignment
4. Discussion template (seen in preview)
5. 33 slide PowerPoint that outlines most of the assignment, including writer's workshop lessons and tasks.
Seriously - and I'm not just saying this because I created it - EVERY LA teacher should use this in their classroom. My students' discussions were consistently in-depth and I enjoyed listening to their podcasts each week.
About the discussion: I got this idea from a podcast I listen to often (Harry Potter and the Sacred Text), and then I modified it to align with my classroom and the ELA standards.
This project allows students to examine multiple themes, improve their narrative writing, draw connections to the text, and deeply analyze author's craft and use of language.
It is essentially a spin on literature circles but SO MUCH BETTER.
There's a discussion rubric as well.
Please give it a try!!