Culminating Project: Content Area Reading and Writing Unit and Analysis
Develop a two-week content area reading and writing unit that includes the following components:
An introduction to the unit which includes:
A specific grade level, content area, theme, and topic on which to focus the unit
Goals that describe the major concepts students will learn during the unit
Common Core or other state English language arts standards addressed through the reading and writing unit
Common Core or other state content area standards addressed through the reading and writing unit
At least three lesson plans that target the topic and goals of the unit and include the following elements:
Measurable objectives built around the standards addressed in the unit
Strategies for activating students’ schema and building on students’ interests
Strategies for vocabulary acquisition and critical thinking skills
Corresponding text from children’s literature or a children’s website
An appropriate corresponding website, software program, or effective media tool used in at least
Creative text-related activities
Creative writing forms for students to use as a response to reading (e.g., a simulated diary entry, recipe, advertisement, travel brochure, trading card, comic strip, postcard, business letter, menu)
At least two assessments that involve reading and writing to evaluate students’ understanding of the unit’s objectives (Note: One of the assessments must include a writing rubric or scoring guide to assess student performance)
Write a 250- to 500-word reflective analysis in which you address the following:
Explain how you will activate and use students’ schema within the unit and how you can build on students’ interests.
Describe two to three instructional techniques you can use within the unit to teach the students.
Describe techniques you can use to teach students how to determine important information and to synthesize facts, opinions, and other data during the unit.
Describe study skills you can teach students throughout the unit to help them better retain the information.
Discuss specific techniques, modifications, or adaptations for English language learners and students with special needs.
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