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My name is Tracy Brosseit and I am a senior at Grand Valley State University. Attatched to this discussion is a file containing my Eng. 311 pedagogy project. It contains a 10 day, student-centered unit plan titled; Social Realitie: Teaching World Awareness to 11th Graders Through the Voice of One Girl. The main text used in this unit is a YA novel titled Tree Girl. However, this unit uses a combination of images, text and technology to encourage students to become aware of the social injustices happening world wide. I spent a lot of time creating it and hope that it will be useful.
My name is Elizabeth Longcore. The following is my pedagogy project for ENG 311, which is a two week unit plan on Of Mice and Men. It is entitled "Entering the World of Of Mice and Men" and is designed for a tenth grade classroom.
My unit plan focuses on helping students to connect with the themes and the characters in Of Mice and Men through activities like blogging, drama, group activities and discussion.
My name is Adam Kennedy and my lesson plan is entitled "Understanding The Short Story".
The lesson takes place over a 10 day period and is appropriate for 11th or 12th grade English because it involves quite a bit of reading and high level thinking, however, it could easily be altered to work with lower grades by taking away a few of the texts or slowing the pace of the lesson. The unit focuses on connecting literature to students lives in a meaningful way. It is aimed at helping them "enter the story world". To achieve this aim, the lesson involves blogging, drama exercises, and a substantial amount of small group work. These activities will help students better understand the nature of the short story.
Any suggestions or improvements are welcome as I have not put this lesson into practice it is, up to this point, just theory.
Jory Sanders here, this is my final project. It is a unit plan for a ninth grade literature class. It examines Sandra Cisneros' "House on Mango Street," as a parent text, and also looks at other related works, such as Sherman Alexie's "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" in order to A: gain a better crosscultural understanding, as well as to B: understand and apply the authors methods in creating their own "Literary Portraits."
This is Nicole Hammer with my conceptual unit: "To Read or Not to Read: Making Shakespeare Accessible". It is a 14-day unit plan using Hamlet to teach high school seniors how to connect with Shakespearian works. Students will focus on character to form a connection with the text, while also learning about things such as language, staging scenes, and style. By having a positive interaction with one of Shakespeare's works, Students will feel a sense of accomplishment and empowerment that will hopefully carry over to other aspects of their reading and life.
This is Ashley Gwinn uploading my pedagogy project entitled Preeminent Poetry
My conceptual unit deals with the structure and interpretation of poetry in an AP classroom setting, with an emphasis on the AP English Literature free response part of the AP test and a focus on individual student perception of poetry.
This is Alicia Smith with my conceptual unit: Kurt Vonnegut. It is an eleven day unit for a tenth grade American Literature class.
This unit takes a relevant and prominent author, Kurt Vonnegut, and brings him into the classroom to engage his written works, and to be engaged as means to learn personal writing. The purpose is to help bridge the gap between reading and writing for students
My name is Jamie Linari. This is a ten day unit plan for a 12th grade class titled Making Sense out of Nonsense:A Critical Look at Literary Nonsense.
This unit allows students to take a second look at literary nonsense from their childhood and create meaning by relating it to their own lives. Students will be guided through several works by authors including Lewis Carroll and Dr. Seuss and see how these authors are able to comment on reality through abstract writing.
My name is Eric Kehoe and I am a Grand Valley State University, here under Professor Rozema's instruction. I decided to do my 12-day lesson plan on Tennesee Williams's great play The Glass Menagerie. The unit takes several ideas from Wilhelm's Reader Response Theory and allows students to relate to the characters, making this classic text meaningful. The lesson is aimed toward 11th grade students, but could be adapted for different grades.