Justice, Inquiry, & Action Justice Unit Plan

This unit plan should be designed around a specific literary work (novel, play, several short stories, collection of poems, or other genre) that serves as an anchor text in a thematic unit appropriate to secondary teaching. The unit plan should demonstrate your understanding of a justice, inquiry, and action approach to teaching literature.

Identify the anticipated grade level and course in which you would teach this unit. Your unit should be between 3-6 weeks in length.

Your unit plan will be presented in class in a 5 minute Google Slide Presentation.  Your slides shouldneeds to include:

1) A description of your unit will address issues of justice.

  • How does this issue connect to the lives of your students and/or important issues in the world?
  • What are your goals for student learning?
  • What additional pieces might you draw in to help develop student understanding of the topic or their questions? (Might include other literary works, film, non-fiction materials, images, websites, speakers, etc.)
  • How can students examine different perspectives on the topic?
  • How does/might the topic engage controversy? What can you do to "create freedom" to address this topic with secondary students?

2) A clear indication of how your students will engage in inquiry.

  • What critical questions will students likely be exploring?
  • How will you foster their asking of meaningful questions?
  • How can their questions help direct what they are learning?
  • How can you incorporate student research?
  • How will their questions help them better understand important issues and the world around them?

3) How does the unit lead to students taking action to address the issue?

4) Describe the grade level and social/cultural background of your students and explain how the age and background of your students factors into the content and methods of the unit. Describe also how you will address a diversity of reading abilities in your class, and how you would support ELL students.

5) An overview or "syllabus" of the sequence of lessons and activities that will comprise your unit.

6) Developed idea for a specific lesson or activity

7) Include a description of a final paper or project or cumulative activity that students will write/engage in and an explanation of this activity addresses the learning goals you established.

Teachers borrow other teachers work.  However, as a future teacher completing a course assignment, you need to be careful about citation and plagiarism.  For this assignment I expect to see your own work and thinking consistent with what we are learning in this class.  If you do borrow, modify, or use any ideas, bits, or pieces from others cite your sources; in an online document your citiation should include a link to the sources, if possible.

Created by: allen.webb@wmich.edu
Revised Date: 9/21