This bundle includes the first three lessons of the first 12th grade ELA common core Module (12.1.1-3) that can be found on the Engage New York website: www.engageny.org
This is an excellent unit for the beginning of the 12th grade year because the writing of the college essay is built in. Students analyze effective narrative writing through the reading of The Autobiography of Malcom X and practice these techniques while crafting their own.
In the first English Language Arts Lesson of 12th grade, students are introduced to important skills and practices that continue throughout the year: reading for textual details and the analysis of narrative structure. In this lesson, students examine the opening pages of The Autobiography of Malcolm X, pages 1–4 (from “When my mother was pregnant with me” to “hunting birds and rabbits and other game”). In this excerpt, Malcolm X describes his parents and the circumstances surrounding his birth. Student learning is assessed via a Quick Write at the end of the lesson: How does the author make his points clear, convincing, and engaging in the beginning of the text?
In the second lesson, students begin to develop their personal narratives, focusing on identifying a specific audience and purpose. Students first consider these elements and the impact they have on a text. Students discuss the task, audience, and purpose of The Autobiography of Malcolm X, chapter 1. Finally, students draft a statement of purpose that demonstrates an awareness of task and audience for one of the Common Application prompts. Student learning is assessed via the students’ statement of purposes.
In the third lesson, students read and analyze a section from chapter 2 of The Autobiography of Malcolm X, pages 35–40 (from “The summer of 1940, in Lansing, I caught the Greyhound Bus” to “I’d probably still be a brainwashed black Christian”), in which Malcolm X describes leaving Lansing for the more metropolitan Boston and explains how this period of his life affected him. Additionally, students engage in a discussion around the concept of character development and its role in constructing narrative.
I have left the numbering on these modifiable lessons for those who teach in New York, but you can easily delete them from the top of each lesson. 12.1.1 simply means unit one of the first 12th grade module.
Included in this download:
-detailed teacher materials from Engage NY
-detailed student lesson materials
-accompanying tools, checklists, and rubrics
-quick write template
be on the lookout for the rest of the lessons in this unit and a bundled option when I have them all created.