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Parallel Curriculum Units for Language Arts, Grades 6-12
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Parallel Curriculum Units for Language Arts, Grades 6-12



August 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

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 practising 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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