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English 9 A - Narrative Structure (Unit 1)


Unit 1 is a five-day unit on narrative structure. The linked blueprint breaks the unit down by day featuring an agenda for each day and linked resources for each activity, including face-to-face and online lessons.

[Note: As of the time of posting, not all resources have been linked. For the most up-to-date version, I recommend referencing the Google Doc link instead of downloading the Microsoft Word file.]

Our essential questions for this unit are (1) What makes a good story? and (2) What does it take to be a survivor?

Intended for the second week of English 9, this plan includes multiple activities using Google Forms, Google Docs, and Google Slides. Students will learn about plot and conflict and analyze how and why authors structure their narratives with a focus on Richard Connell’s “The Most Dangerous Game.”

The pacing of the unit was designed for a twelve-week, one-trimester course that meets daily for 72-minute blocks. Each meeting will include 15 minutes of SSR, 25-40 minutes of guided learning (including face-to-face and online components), and 15-25 minutes of “flex time” - time for students to work at their own pace on independent assignments (five per week).

This unit plan is designed for a resource classroom with one-to-one Chromebooks using Google Classroom. This unit plan could, however, be applied in any CCSS-aligned English 9 course with modified scaffolding; could be modified for a rotation-based classroom with less access to technology; and/or could be taught using any alternative LMS.

Learning Targets: 
I can define literary terms and vocabulary learned in context.
I can explain how and why authors structure their narratives.
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