This is a team-created, standards-based rubric for informative/explanatory analytical writing with "I can" statements as well as space for comments.
This is a team-created, standards-based rubric for narrative writing with "I can" statements as well as space for comments.
After studying utopian literature, students design their own utopian society, publishing the explanation of their ideal world on a blog. As they blog about their utopia, students establish the habits, practices, and organizing social structures that citizens will follow in their utopian societies. They begin by brainstorming ideas about what a perfect society would be like and then, in groups, begin to plan their project. Next, they become familiar with the blogging process, including legal guidelines and the specific site they will be using. Over several class sessions, students work on their blogs comparing their work to a rubric. Finally, after students visit one another's blogs and provide constructive and supportive feedback, they reflect on their own work. The lesson plan includes alternative handouts for classrooms where computer or blog access is limited. In this alternative, students complete the same basic activities, but publish their work using a Flip Book.
"The Lady Sings the Blues" is a multi-modal murder mystery project created as a model for use with freshmen in their final writing unit for Honors English. In a multi-modal writing project, students can incorporate images, sound (music, podcasts, voice-overs), video, animation, clip art, etc. into their writing. Students will create and publish a variety of genres which will each give clues for the reader to discover "who done it."
The writer will analyze and discuss the different perspectives of Atticus Finch and the lynch mob about the trial of Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird. The writer will then create two characters with opposing viewpoints. The final product will be a Poem for Two Voices in which the student shows the opposing views of the two characters they have created.
The focus trait in this assignment is voice; the writer will use the perspective of two different characters to show their opposing viewpoints. The support trait in this assignment is word choice; the writer will need to choose words that set a tone for the perspective of each character in his or her poem.
After reading The Odyssey, students will write their own hero's journey narrative using Joseph Campbell's twelve steps of the hero's journey. Although students may choose to write a story set in Greek mythology, they can choose any setting for their story. Before writing, the students will discuss the hero journey in the Odyssey and popular books and movies. Then they will write their own hero's journey story with an original character and plot. Students will be assessed on development of their introduction, plot, and conclusion as well as character development, setting, and theme (lesson learned.) They will also be assessed on their organization (structure and transitions), style, voice, and mechanics. This unit was created for a classroom of tier two and tier three students who often struggle with organizing their thoughts for writing.