Tuesdays with Morrie Unit Plan

Grade Levels
10th - 12th
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117 pages
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Tuesdays with Morrie Unit Plan

Spend your Monday through Friday with Morrie! This is an original unit plan for Mitch Albom's memoir Tuesdays with Morrie.


1. Unit plan: Lessons for 18 class periods.

2. Introductory PowerPoint on Tuesdays with Morrie and the memoir genre.

3. Chapter comprehension questions and vocabulary words (with answer key that has page numbers noted for your quick reference).

4. Current Events of the 1990s Paragraph Research and Writing Assignment (with rubric): A memoir is full of short references to people and events from the time in which it was written. Tuesdays with Morrie is full of references to the O. J. Simpson trial, Ted Koppel, and Princess Diana. The assignment calls for informal research paragraph to be thoroughly researched, summarized and shared with the class in order to enhance understanding of Tuesdays with Morrie and to improve the researching skills of students.

5. My Mentor essay (with rubric): A personal essay of 5 paragraphs on the subject of the mentor who has affected his or her life. Students should be encouraged to save and revise this essay as necessary for college admissions and college scholarship opportunities.

Materials Needed

Other than the contents of this unit plan, all you need for the Tuesdays with Morrie unit is enough copies of the book for your class, a copy of the audiobook (if desired) and a copy of the 1999 made-for-television film (if desired). This product does not contain the audiobook or the film.

NOTE: This is a zipped file that contains PDFs and a PowerPoint.


Common Core State Standards

Common Core State Standards have been used with the development of this unit plan and are listed within the individual assignments. Please contact me if you have any questions about the standards as they relate to this unit plan.


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Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom, Morrie Schwartz, unit plan, memoir, non-fiction, autobiography, common core

Total Pages
117 pages
Answer Key
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Verify the preliminary determination of the meaning of a word or phrase (e.g., by checking the inferred meaning in context or in a dictionary).
Acquire and use accurately general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
Analyze nuances in the meaning of words with similar denotations.
Consult general and specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning, its part of speech, its etymology, or its standard usage.
Identify and correctly use patterns of word changes that indicate different meanings or parts of speech (e.g., conceive, conception, conceivable).


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