This is a unit plan on the concept of journeys. Length of unit will depend on individual teachers. I wrote this unit with a 7th grade classroom in mind; however, it could be applied to various ages.
Diverse learning is a crux of this conceptual unit. In almost any classroom, there will be students who are avid readers and those who comprehend best when listening, enthusiastic writers and those who are more artistic, students who thrive on individual assignments and those who perform best in groups. This journeys unit accounts for all these differences. The activities and assessments are designed to provide the best learning opportunities and successful engagement for all students.
Detailed lesson plans and explanations are included. Upon the completion of this study, every child should be able to express not only a deep understanding of journeys as they are represented in literature but also tell a story of their own personal journey. There is little use in learning if one cannot make a personal connection to what has been learned. These students will have the opportunity to make that connection as they interact with the print and non-print texts in this unit. They will walk away with the ownership of a deeper and more useful understanding of journeying in its numerous forms.
Students will participate in a class novel study, a focus on mythology, poetry, music, and art. This will show how, even though the content may change, it can still relate to the overarching concept.
Feel free to add, take away, or modify to suit your class needs and teaching style.
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