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I created the attached unit using an Inquiry Based lesson planning model....but let me start at the beginning.
Throughout the course of the year, my students were generally apathetic about both school and the field of English Language Arts. "Why are we here?" "Why do we need English EVERY year?" "I already speak English, do I really need this?" "When will I EVER use this?" I'm sure none of you have ever heard those words in your classroom, right? ;-)
As the after Christmas break slump started hitting me, I attended a training about backwards lesson planning. I immediately hit the ground running with this idea and started on one of my curriculum units, but my dreams were quickly dashed by the knowledge that my students wouldn't be engaged or involved because they simply did not care.
I then decided that it would be best to back up and show the students, or rather have the students figure out for themselves, why ELA and school is important. I created this unit based on a high-poverty school, and I used cultural awareness to find ways to reach my students, their needs, and help them see why this is important to them.
In the end, I could not be happier with the results. My students' eyes were opened. My eyes were opened. They are informed, and they now have purpose in my classroom. I plan to use this at the beginning of each year to begin my year AND after Christmas break (when that apathy and mid-year slump comes into play. Can we say 'Senior-itis'?).
What you are purchasing includes:
1.) Inquiry Based Lesson Plan for the unit titled "Why am I here?"
2.) Research article by Lea A. Rothmier titled "Improving Literacy Achievement of Low-Income Students" (a selection of this article is used in the unit)
3.) A wordle I created using exit-slip (why are you here?) answers from my students
I hope that you enjoy this unit, and PLEASE, leave feedback. I accept all constructive criticism with a smile and work to improve each day.