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Take a look at these teacher-created LDC ELA examples to see how you can develop your students’ literacy skills in an ELA classroom setting.
Existentialism and Kafka
Lesson: Literacy Module
*EXEMPLAR MODULE* In this English literacy module, sophomore students conduct research on the existentialist movement in literature. Students read Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis and determine if Kafka’s work reflects existential ideas. After researching essays and articles on existentialism, students write an essay answering Template Task 11 that defines existentialism and explains its impact on Kafka’s work.
Romeo and Juliet: Decisions
Lesson: Literacy Module
After reading Romeo and Juliet and researching articles on how the adolescent brain functions, 9th grade students examine the criteria for making a good decision using a business decision-making model. Students then examine the choices the characters Romeo and Juliet made and follow Template Task 2 to write an advice article for a teen publication that addresses the question: what is the process for making a good decision?
Language Is Power
Lesson: Literacy Module
This argumentation module for a high school English class is designed to follow a class reading of Animal Farm and asks students to examine the propaganda and fallacies present in the novel’s events and dialogue. Students analyze the novel using Template Task 2.
Courage in Part One: To Kill A Mockingbird
Lesson: Literacy Module
Targeted for 9th and 10th graders, this literacy informational module uses Template Task 12 to focus on the definition of “courage” in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Many characters in the story display courage and as the novel progresses, these acts of courage increase in significance and scope. As they read, students generate a definition of “courage” as seen through the eyes of Harper Lee. Students also draw conclusions about Harper Lee's views on courage based upon the novel’s characters and events.
Nuclear Sustainability
Lesson: Literacy Module
*EXEMPLAR MODULE* In this Project Based Learning (PBL) unit, 11th grade chemistry students are asked to answer the question, “Is nuclear energy sustainable?” by responding to Template Task 2. First, students are introduced to their task through an entry event in which they are given a brief introduction to the nuclear energy controversy and are told they will be writing an op-ed piece arguing for or against nuclear power based on their knowledge of the atom, nuclear chemistry, and nuclear power. They are also tasked with creating a public service announcement to persuade others of their views. After identifying what they know and want to learn about nuclear chemistry and nuclear power, they research the topics, complete labs and activities about atomic structure, read a number of different opinion pieces, and hear a presentation from an activist. They work collaboratively in groups for much of the process. Then they write their op-ed individually and complete the public service announcement in groups. The project concludes with presentations of their editorials and public service announcements to the class and community activists.
You Can Run, but You Can't Hide!
Lesson: Literacy Module
Ninth grade advanced reading students are asked to explore the influence that digital technology has on their everyday lives. Using Template Task 8, students write an editorial that identifies a problem caused by others using the digital footprints we either purposely or inadvertently create. Students examine the intersection of social media and virtual and real life vulnerability. Students will take a close look at the implications of identity theft, unsolicited background checks, social media, and other ways we potentially expose ourselves through the use of technology.
Letter to Congress
Lesson: Literacy Module
In this English and U.S. history module, 11th grade students research fundamental elements of the Constitution, landmark Supreme Court cases, and a modern congressional issue. Using Template Task 1, students participate in the democratic process by writing letters to a member of Congress arguing their positions on a constitutional issue of their choosing.
Good Readers and Good Writers
Lesson: Literacy Module
Targeted for 10th grade English Language Arts students, this unit uses texts at different levels of difficulty to reach readers of varying ability levels. Students examine four texts to determine what qualities one must have to be considered a "good reader" and a "good writer." This module uses Template Task 2."
The Power of Language (Communication is More than Language)
Lesson: Literacy Module
*EXEMPLAR MODULE* This language arts module addresses the effects of language structures in nonfiction and poetry. This module involves critical analysis of genre structure, grammar, and literary devices. NOTE: This module is designed to teach and assess the Common Core State Standards College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening, including a formal and rigorous dialogue about concepts and ideas, as well as Common Core Reading and Writing standards.
Great Expectations: Growing into a Hero: Informational Module
Lesson: Literacy Module
The monomyth, or the hero's journey, is a narrative theme examined in detail in The Hero with a Thousand Faces (2008) by Joseph Campbell. Based on the concept of archetypes, the hero's journey can be identified in quest stories, both emotional and physical, from a variety of time periods and cultures. After conducting research on the hero's journey, advanced 7th grade English Language Arts students will write an informational essay framed by Template Task 11 that defines the word "archetype" and explains how the hero's journey is evident in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.

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