Twelfth Grade ELA
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Anglo-Saxon Literature
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Due to formatting limitations, standards are abbreviated. Full text of standards are listed on tab "Complete Standards"
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ActivitiesResourcesAssessmentTimeframeLiteratureInformational TextWriting Speaking & ListeningLanguage
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PowerPoint lecture on the birth of British literature and introduction to the geography of the British Isles; Anglo-Saxon period characterized by chaos and invasion. Holt McDougal text; Packet: "British Land and People" (Jacquetta Hawkes & J.B. Priestly); Anglo-Saxon England background (ScottForesman Custom Literature Database)
Periodic reading check quizzes on background information and journal questions
Entire unit: 20-25 days
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Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text including how they interact and build on one another to provide a complex analysis; provide an objective summary of the text.
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Analyze a complex set of ideas or sequence of events and explain how specific individuals or ideas or events interact and develop over the course of the text.
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Address text questions of the times: small group pre-write, discussion, & presentation with classroom debateHolt McDougal textJournal questions and classroom debate1-1&1/2 daysWrite arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives; synthesize comments and claims and evidence made on all sides of an issue; resolve contradictions when possible; and determine what additional information or research is required to deepen the investigation or complete the task.
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Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented (e.g. articulating implications or the significance of the topic).Work with peers to promote civil and democratic discussions and decision-making; set clear goals and deadlines; and establish individual roles as needed.
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Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that probe reasoning and evidence; ensure a hearing for a full range of positions on a topic or issue; clarify or verify or challenge ideas and conclusions; and promote divergent and creative perspectives.
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Lecture on Old English language and etymology; what is a ballad? an epic poem?Old English Soundclip: http://www.pastperfect.org.uk/sites/yeavering/archive/prayerclip.html1 dayAnalyze a complex set of ideas or sequence of events and explain how specific individuals or ideas or events interact and develop over the course of the text.
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Read & discuss epic poem Beowulf in textHolt McDougal textPeriodic reading check quizzes, vocabulary in context, character charts, text analysis & comprehension questions, literary terminology worksheets (i.e. alliteration, kenning, epithet, caesura,etc.), personal annotations of poem, in-class notes & discussion on themes, journal prompts, final objective test 12-15 daysDetermine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary and techniques such as metaphor and simile and analogy to manage the complexity of the topic.Come to discussions prepared having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence from texts and other research on the topic or issue to stimulate a thoughtful and well-reasoned exchange of ideas.Verify the preliminary determination of the meaning of a word or phrase (e.g. by checking the inferred meaning in context or in a dictionary).
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Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g. where a story is set; how the action is ordered; how the characters are introduced and developed).Develop the topic thoroughly by selecting the most significant and relevant facts; extended definitions; concrete details; quotations; or other information and examples appropriate to the audience’s knowledge of the topic.Use context (e.g. the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph or text; a word’s position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
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Analyze a case in which grasping a point of view requires distinguishing what is directly stated in a text from what is really meant (e.g. satire or sarcasm or irony or understatement).Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on what is experienced or observed or resolved over the course of the narrative.Demonstrate understanding of figurative language and word relationships and nuances in word meanings.
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Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text - including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.Interpret figures of speech (e.g. hyperbole -- paradox) in context and analyze their role in the text.
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Analyze nuances in the meaning of words with similar denotations.
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Create a depiction of a character from Beowulf with textual evidenceHolt McDougal textHand drawn illustration with cited evidence/lines directly from the text to support image1 dayCite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text - including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
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Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone -including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh or engaging or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.)
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Compare and contrast differing portrayals of Beowulf's character by dissecting lines from different sourcesBeowulf translation by author Seamus Heaney2-3 page persuasive literary analysis of whether or not Beowulf is by definition a "true hero"2 daysAnalyze multiple interpretations of a story or drama or poem (e.g. recorded or live production of a play or recorded novel or poetry); evaluating how each version interprets the source text. (Include at least one play by Shakespeare and one play by an American dramatist.)Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
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Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization and punctuation and spelling when writing.
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Develop the topic thoroughly by selecting the most significant and relevant facts; extended definitions; concrete details; quotations; or other information and examples appropriate to the audience’s knowledge of the topic.Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts; to make effective choices for meaning or style; and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
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Work day in-class for final Beowulf project with rubric; student presentations to followRubric with several options: movie trailer synopsis, research vacation brochure, research PowerPoint presentation, live theater interpretations, & poster board presentation3- 4 daysDetermine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.Develop the topic thoroughly by selecting the most significant and relevant facts; extended definitions; concrete details; quotations; or other information and examples appropriate to the audience’s knowledge of the topic.Present information and findings and supporting evidence - conveying a clear and distinct perspective - such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning or alternative or opposing perspectives are addressed and the organization and development and substance and style are appropriate to purpose and audience and a range of formal and informal tasks.Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
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Analyze a case in which grasping a point of view requires distinguishing what is directly stated in a text from what is really meant (e.g. satire or sarcasm or irony or understatement).Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats (e.g. visually quantitatively) as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem.Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g. visually -- quantitatively-- orally) in order to make informed decisions and solve problems - evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source and noting any discrepancies among the data.Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization and punctuation and spelling when writing.
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Analyze a complex set of ideas or sequence of events and explain how specific individuals or ideas or events interact and develop over the course of the text.Make strategic use of digital media (e.g. textual -- graphical -- audio -- visual and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings and reasoning and evidence and to add interest.Spell correctly.
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Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text including how they interact and build on one another to provide a complex analysis; provide an objective summary of the text.Acquire and use accurately general academic and domain-specific words and phrases -- sufficient for reading and writing and speaking and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
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