Language Arts

Students previously looked at maps of Michigan and discussed some of the cities and regions in our state. In reading, students began to read narratives, both fiction and nonfiction. For the entry event, students were asked to select an artifact that represented a special, small moment they experienced within the state of Michigan.

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Students will be engaging in close narrative reading and thoughtful textual analysis.  Students will also: will identify third person point of view, mood and tone, dialogue, and different narrative techniques.

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  • To create a professional Senior Leadership ePortfolio

  • To collaborate and discuss what makes a successful portfolio

  • To peer review portfolios using mindful and effective feedback

 

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Helping struggling writers create stories through Google Docs using the speech-to-text feature.

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As part of their ELA coursework, students are reading an autobiography to study author’s craft.  In particular, students are exploring how authors use dialogue, transitional phrases/clauses, and sensory details to tell a personal story. The unit will culminate with students writing their own memoirs. The bulk of the unit takes place in the ELA classroom.

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Bounce is a literacy tool that enables teachers/students to screenshot an entire webpage and annotate it with selection boxes with a comment feature to add context.

Gooru is a lesson-unit-course building tool. Teachers can curate content from the internet, remix featured courses and assign content to students. Gooru has a robust data dashboard that allows teachers to monitor student progress to inform personalized learning strategies.

Students will analyze a short story and learn how the plot elements create a compelling story.  After gaining understanding of the plot elements, students will create their own plot element diagram.  Once their plot diagram is complete they will use their knowledge of plot to create their own short story synopsis.  

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A unit focused on the ways language and style impact narrative. Students will look at what makes a "good" story, what makes an "effective" story, why we tell stories and what purposes storytelling might serve, and how diction and style are an essential part of storytelling.

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