Quick-write: Students are presented with an open-ended question and given a short, set amount of time to write their response.

Resources for this term:
Career Exploration Wrap Up: Informational
Career Exploration Wrap Up: Informational

Career and technical education students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades use an interactive online career assessment tool to narrow down potential career possibilities. Students write an informational essay that describes their desired career and the education needed to find a position in that field. Students answer Template Task 13 by supporting their response with evidence from their research.

Alexander the Great: Was He or Wasn’t He a Great Military Leader?
Alexander the Great: Was He or Wasn’t He a Great Military Leader?

*EXEMPLAR MODULE* Throughout history, military leaders have led conquests in an effort to increase their own or their country’s power. Some of the most exceptional of these leaders have been assigned the label “great” and continue to be featured in lessons on both history and military strategy. Students read a variety of informational and persuasive texts to analyze Alexander the Great’s success in battle and the influence that his success had on countless military commanders who followed, arguing the degree of greatness of this young Macedonian king by answering Template Task 2.

Stranger in the Village: Informational
Stranger in the Village: Informational

This 12th grade English Language Arts module uses Template Task 21, along with text, film, and photography resources, to address the theme "stranger in the village." Texts aligned with this theme include characters or subjects that are isolated or different from others in their respective societies. Students will analyze how writers and artists organize or construct text to convey meaning and to relay this specific message.

Julius Caesar: Hero or tyrant?
Julius Caesar: Hero or tyrant?

The Roman Empire was the largest and most enduring empire in the ancient world. The Romans had highly organized political, social, religious, technological, and economic systems that enabled them to control the territories and people within their borders. This 7th grade world history unit is embedded in the study of empires and the management systems they used. Students use both primary and secondary resources in their research on Julius Caesar. Using Template Task 2, students will investigate Caesar as an emblem of the Roman Empire's strengths and weaknesses and argue whether he should be considered a hero or a tyrant.

Should helmets be required?
Should helmets be required?

Some states do not require children over a certain age to wear helmets or protective gear while riding a bike. However, there is a potential risk of injury for riders. In this science module, 6th grade students read texts on Newton's Laws of Motion, bodily injury, and current state laws on helmet requirements. Using Template Task 2, students write a letter arguing whether or not helmets should be required for adolescents during recreational activities.

Great Expectations: Growing into a Hero: Informational Module
Great Expectations: Growing into a Hero: Informational 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.

Why Canadians Live Where They Live: The Impact of Geography on Population Density in Canada.
Why Canadians Live Where They Live: The Impact of Geography on Population Density in Canada.

Sixth grade social studies students learning about world cultures and geography explore the impact of geographic characteristics on the population density of a post-industrialized nation (Canada). Students are asked to determine which factor — climate, location, or the distribution of natural resources — has the biggest impact on population density by addressing Template Task 6.

Good Readers and Good Writers
Good Readers and Good Writers

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."

Biodiversity
Biodiversity

Earth is rich with an amazing variety of life. Is it important to preserve this biodiversity? This introductory writing assignment for a life science class focuses on introducing 7th grade students to the concept and importance of biodiversity. After reading articles on biodiversity, students write a report that defines “biodiversity” and explain its importance by following Template Task 11.

Romeo and Juliet: Decisions
Romeo and Juliet: Decisions

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?

The Great War: Evaluating the Treaty of Versailles
The Great War: Evaluating the Treaty of Versailles

Students study a variety of primary sources, maps, and supporting documents concerning the post-war peace process, developing a context for evaluating whether the treaty was viable and fair. Students also consider complex questions surrounding historical causality and responsibility. This argumentation module is written around Template Task 2 for a high school social studies class.

Diseases in Livestock
Diseases in Livestock

Based on a real-world scenario, this module asks high school students in a career and technical education class to create an informational pamphlet for farmers and ranchers on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of livestock diseases, including bovine trichomoniasis.

Energy Transfer
Energy Transfer

All parts of matter have kinetic energy. The kinetic energy of the particles can change speed, resulting in phase change. The three states of matter on Earth are solid, liquid, and gas. During this module, 8th grade science students read texts on states of matter, kinetic energy, and particles and write an informational essay using Template Task 11 that explains the motion of the particles through the states of matter.

Existentialism and Kafka
Existentialism and Kafka

*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.

What Are the Causes and Effects of Noise Pollution?
What Are the Causes and Effects of Noise Pollution?

This 8th grade physical science module is structured around students’ background knowledge of the characteristics of mechanical longitudinal waves, including amplitude (decibels), frequency (hertz), compressions, rarefactions, pitch, loudness, wavelength, and speed. Here, students apply their knowledge to noise pollution and the effects it has on marine animals. They read articles about noise pollution and, using Task Template 24, construct an essay to determine if government regulations are needed to deter future noise pollution.

Extended Metaphors in Walt Whitman’s “O Captain! My Captain!”
Extended Metaphors in Walt Whitman’s “O Captain! My Captain!”

“O Captain! My Captain!” is one of Walt Whitman’s most famous poems. Whitman not only expresses his own grief over the loss of Abraham Lincoln, but also represents the somber feelings of many Americans during a time when they otherwise would have been celebrating the Union’s Civil War victory. Whitman uses a number of extended metaphors – most notably comparing Lincoln to the captain of a ship – to speak for the nation. Using Template Task 2, 8th grade students determine if Whitman was justified in his comparisons.

Pandemic: Catch the Fever
Pandemic: Catch the Fever

Which is more important: scientific freedom or the public's right to safety? Tenth grade students in a health class read three articles on the 1918 influenza pandemic genome and address the aforementioned question. The articles discuss the successful scientific research on reconstruction of the genome and the scientific community's decision to publish the complete genome. Using Template Task 8, students write an editorial that identifies a problem with publishing this research and argues in favor of or against controlling the publication of certain types of scientific research.

A Reading of the Gettysburg Address
A Reading of the Gettysburg Address

In this argumentation module, 9th and 10th grade students perform a close reading of the Gettysburg Address, participate in a Paideia Seminar on the text, and write an essay in which they evaluate Lincoln’s definition of democracy based on the speech using Template Task 6. This unit merges American history content with Common Core literacy skills.

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