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Unit Plan

Unit Title: Personal Essays and Beliefs 8.4 Date: Period: 6 weeks Teacher:

Subject: English

Reform Strategy (PCEA): Theme of Unit:

Grade: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 X 8 9 10 11 12

Transversal Theme:  Cultural Identity X Civic and Ethic Education  Education for Peace  Environmental Education  Technology and Education  Education for Work

Integration: Spanish English Social Studies Science Math X Fine Arts Physical Education Health Sciences Technology


Transfer Objective (T) and Acquisition (A)






T1.The student will be able to apply his or her insights into the varying points of view of writers to develop his or her insights into the varying points of view of writers to develop personal essays with a strong sense of voice and perspective.

T2. The student will be able to identify and apply his/her own beliefs when writing a personal essay.

T3. The student will leave the class with the necessary skills to write his/her own personal essay.





A1. Distinguish the writer’s point of view.

A2. Determine the correct punctuation to change the meaning of words and phrases.

A3. Determine his/her beliefs and write a personal essay.






Essential Questions

EQ1. How does family play a role in shaping my beliefs?


EQ2. To what extent do belief systems shape and/or reflect my culture?


EQ3. How do beliefs shape and influence my behavior?










PERFORMANCE TASK ACTIVITIES


Days

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5










Standards and expectations

8.R.2L, 8.R6L


Theme: Analyzing a personal essay (orally)
Activity: The student reads the text (see attachment 8.4 Analyzing a personal essay)

Attachment: 8.4 Analyzing a personal essay.




Standards and expectations

8.W.3, 8.W.8



Theme: Personal essays

Activity: Have an open discussion on how a personal essay differs from a memoir and a persuasive letter.







Standards and expectations

8.W.3, 8.W.8



Theme: Review elements of personal essays

Activity: continuation and reinforcement as needed.







Standards and expectations

8.R.6L
Theme: Point of view



Activity: Introduction of the concepts of perspective and points of view.

Links: http://www.youtube.com/

watch?v=_mfmtojhUMs







Standards and expectations

8.R.4L, 8.LA.5a



Theme: The images the writer uses to show readers
Activity:
The student works in a small group to read

“A Drive to Achieve the Extraordinary” by



Juliet Freking (See Attachment: 8.4 Text –



1




week












































































Standards and expectations
8.R.4L

Theme: The images the writer uses to show the reader

Activity: Continuation of the previous class




Standards and expectations
8.L.1

Theme: Person point of view
Activity: The student identify the pronouns in an essay or other key words deciding if is used in the fisrt, second and third person.





Standards and expectations
8.R.6.L, 8.L.1b

Theme: Compare and contrast
Activity: Venn Diagram






Standards and expectations
8.R.6.L, 8.L.1b
Theme: Compare and contrast
Activity: Venn Diagram discussion

Attachment: maps




Standards and expectations
8.LA.4b
Theme: Use of common Greek or Latin affixes
Activity: Introduce the term and have students create a list of the most common latin affixes


2

week.









































































Standards and expectations

8.La.4b
Theme: Use roots correctly



Activity: With a set of flash cards work with the roots of words.






. Standards and expectations
8.R.3L, 8.R.4L,8.S2b
Theme: PT. Analyzing a Personal Essay

Activity:

The teacher assigns the

student a new personal

essay. The student analyzes

the personal essay, using

his/her experience in the

group activity to inform

his/her analysis.







Standards and expectations

8.R.3L, 8.R.4L, 8.S2b
Theme: PT. Analyzing a Personal Essay

Activity:

The teacher assigns the

student a new personal

essay. The student analyzes

the personal essay, using

his/her experience in the

group activity to inform

his/her analysis.








Standards and expectations
8.S.2
Theme: PT. The student shares findings and present analysis

Activity: The student will

Inform his/her analysis.





Standards and expectations
8.L1, 8.S.2
Theme: PT. The student shares findings

HW. Ask student to bring newspaper and magazine to look for essays or letters.



Activity: The student will

Inform his/her analysis.



3

week









































































.
Standards and expectations
8.R.6L
Theme:

Take out sentences from a text and infers whom the character is.



Activity: Read a provided essay and infer who is the character.





Standards and expectations


8.L1.b

Theme:

Personal beliefs


Activity: The teacher creates four corners in the

classroom, 2 labeled agree and 2 labeled

disagree. .

-The teacher reads aloud the belief, and the

student goes to a corner of the room with no

more than 8 students per corner (vary based on number of students per class).







Standards and expectations


8.S.2b
Theme:

Beliefs, (A)Agree or (D) disagree


Activity: The student reads/listens to a list of beliefs or values and checks “A” for agree or “D” for disagree.




Standards and expectations


8.W.3, 8.W.8, 8.S.6
Theme:

Shares stories of particular beliefs.



Activity: Oral discussion with personal beliefs presented to the class by the students.
Attachments: This is I believe (8.4)

This is I believe (rubric 8.4)






Standards and expectations
8.W.3, 8.W.8, 8.S.6

Theme:

Write list of personal beliefs.



Activity: Have students create a small poster 4x5 with his/her personal belief. Create a mural in class.
Links:

http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/lesson_images/lesson1096/twobelief_statements.pdf

4

week









































































Standards and expectations

8.W.3, 8.W.8



Theme: Beliefs

Activity: Challenge the student to sum up his/her beliefs in one sentence.





Standards and expectations

Standards and expectations


8.W.8
Theme: Self Reflection
Activity: PT. The student writes a self-reflection.





Standards and expectations

Standards and expectations

8.L1d
Theme: Self Reflection

Activity: PT. The student writes a self-reflection.





Standards and expectations

8.LA.2a, 8.W.8


Theme: Rules for commas and semicolons

Activity: Introduce the comma rules


Attachment: Attachment 8.4





Standards and expectations

8.LA.2a, 8.W.8



Theme: Rules for semicolons

Attachment 8.4



Activity: Introduce semicolons rules


Attachment: Attachment 8.4


5

week








































Standards and expectations

8.S2b, 8.S3



Theme: PT. Exit Ticket
Activity: The teacher will have the student deliver the answer orally or in writing making the correct uses of

commas.






Standards and expectations

8.S2b, 8.S3


Theme: PT. Exit Ticket

Activity: The teacher will have the student deliver the answer orally or in writing making the correct uses of

commas.
Attachment: Learning activity commas or semicolons (8.4 worksheet)






Standards and expectations

8.S2b, 8.S3



Theme: Commas
Activity: Comma quiz

Attachment: (see attachment 8.4 other evidence





Standards and expectations
8.S2b, 8.S3
Theme: Commas

Activity: Learning activity , comma and semi colon game.
The class will be divided in small groups and the teacher will provide them with a set of cards with words and punctuation marks for them to rearrange and determine the correct sentence structure using the correct uses of commas and semicolons.






Standards and expectations

8.S2b, 8.S3


Theme: Semicolon

Activity: The student will answer the quiz format on semicolons


Attachment: (see attachment 8.4) Semicolon quiz


6

week





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