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Parallel Curriculum Units for Language Arts, Grades 6-12



© 2009 | 232 pages | Corwin

"The Parallel Curriculum Model (PCM) holds the power to help students and teachers 'see the whole' of what they are learning. We invite practitioners to read more about this model and join us on a professional journey that we believe will yield that joy and wisdom that comes from seeing the whole. To address the varying needs of teachers across the K–12 grade span—as well as different content areas—we decided to create a series of curriculum units, based on PCM, that could be used by practitioners. It is our hope that the lessons not only underscore important and discipline-specific content, but also illuminate the four parallels in unique and enduring ways."
—From the Introduction

Design exemplary language arts lessons based on the Parallel Curriculum Model!

Want to create rigorous learning opportunities for students in language arts based on a deeper understanding of pedagogy and curriculum design? As demonstrated in the best-selling book The Parallel Curriculum, the Parallel Curriculum Model (PCM) allows teachers to determine student performance levels and design intellectual challenges that help students develop expertise in specific subject areas.

Parallel Curriculum Units for Language Arts, Grades 6–12 provides sample language arts units written by practicing teachers to demonstrate what high-quality curriculum looks like within a PCM framework. Covering a variety of topics—including narrative voice, literary criticism, and writing original pieces—these field-tested units each contain:

  • Teacher rationales explaining the unit design
  • Connections to concepts, skills, and national or state standards
  • Step-by-step directions for delivering the lessons and unit
  • Modification strategies, assessments, and reproducibles

Use these examples to design your own units and deepen your understanding of how the PCM framework helps tailor curriculum to the abilities, interests, and learning preferences of each learner.

 
About the Editors
 
About the Contributors
 
Introduction to the Parallel Curriculum Model
 
1. Understanding and Finding Your Author's Voice: An Intermediate Language Arts Unit (Grades 6-7)
Introduction to the Unit Lee-Ann Hayen
Content Framework Judy Walsh
Assessments Judy Walsh
Unit Sequence, Description, and Teacher Reflections  
Lesson 1.1: The Contributors to Identity  
Lesson 1.2: Shaping Your Voice  
Lesson 1.3: The Influences on Mood  
Lesson 1.4: Analyzing an Author's Voice  
Lesson 1.5: Finding the Right Voice and Mood for Your Purpose  
Lesson 1.6: Your Turn  
 
2. The LIttle Napoleon in Us All: Literary Criticism and the Battle for Power (Grade 8)
Introduction to the Unit  
Content Framework  
Assessments  
Unit Sequence, Description, and Teacher Reflections  
Lesson 2.1: Preassessment/Brainstorming  
Lesson 2.2: What Is Allegory?  
Lesson 2.3: Diary of an Author  
Lesson 2.4: Write a Personal Allegory  
Lesson 2.5: Character Analysis, Part I  
Lesson 2.6: Orwell's Responsibility  
Lesson 2.7: Literary Criticism  
Lesson 2.8: WRite a Literary Critique of Animal Farm  
Lesson 2.9: Character Analysis Map, Part II  
Lesson 2.10: What Is a Classic?  
Lesson 2.11: Survivor: The Isms  
Lesson 2.12: Final Assessment  
 
3. Reacting to a Literary Model: Writing Original Pieces (Grades 9-10)
Introduction to the Unit  
Content Framework  
Assessments  
Unit Sequence, Description, and Teacher Reflections  
Lesson 3.1: Preassessment  
Lessons 3.2 and 3.3: Setting and Mood  
Lessons 3.4 and 3.5: Creating Realistic Characters  
Lessons 3.6 and 3.7: Prejudice, Conflict, and Theme  
Lesson 3.8: Postassessment  
 
4. You Be the Critic: Understanding, Using, and Writing Literary Criticism (Grades 11-12)
Introduction to the Unit  
Content Framework  
Assessments  
Unit Sequence, Description, and Teacher Reflections  
Lesson 4.1: Introduction to Literary Criticism  
Lesson 4.2: Analyzing a Fictional passage for Content  
Lessons 4.3, 4.4, and 4.5: Character Development and Point of View  
Lessons 4.6 and 4.7: Understanding Tone  
Lessons 4.8 and 4.9: What Is Style?  
Lesson 4.10: Recognizing Style  
Lesson 4.11: Rhetoric and Rhetorical Devices  
Lessons 4.12 and 4.13 The Persuasive Essay and the Editorial  
Lessons 4.14 and 4.15: Writing a Literary Analysis  
 
Index
Key features

Parallel Curriculum Units for Language Arts, Grades 6-12 presents easy-to-use, Parallel Curriculum-based lessons in the subject area of language arts for middle and high school classrooms. Across each lesson, the authors present a framework of essential components in an effective Parallel Curriculum unit:

  • The big picture that takes in grade level, subject, goals, and standards
  • The unpacking—or step-by-step explanation—of the unit
  • The reasoning behind the unit design
  • Designing appropriate curriculum using the Parallel Curriculum Model
  • Modifications of the curriculum and classroom environment which give students the opportunity to learn from multiple perspectives
  • Organizing concepts corresponding to the Parallel Curriculum Model
  • Assessment strategies
  • Reproducibles

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction

Chapter 1: Understanding and Finding Your Author's Voice


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