Critical Inquiry 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 critical inquiry approaches to curriculum and instruction.
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 needs to include:
1) A description of the critical inquiry approach you plan to take to the literary work you have chosen and why it is appropriate.
2) A clear indication of how your students will engage in critical inquiry.
3) A description of how your unit will set high expectations and improve the reading, writing, and critical thinking skills of your students. Describe multiple ways you will monitor and assess student learning. 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.
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 ideas for several specific lessons / activities that address unit goals. Here are my suggestions/ideas about lesson plan formats. You do not need lesson plans for every day of the unit!
7) The unit needs to involve collaboration wtih students, families, teachers, and/or community members. How will this take place?
8) Involve technology and the Internet in meaningful ways.
10) Send me an email with a self-evaluation of your unit plan. In your self-evaluation describe how you would evaluate yourself as a teacher while leading this unit with a view to improving your instruction, and talk about what you might need to do before actually teaching the unit to better prepare youself to lead it.
Create a meaningful title for your unit and publish it at CriticalInquiryELA.wikispaces.com. Make your page attractive, include relevant links and images.
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.
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