Language Arts Understanding by Design Lesson Plans


By Valerie Vied

This unit examines short non-fiction texts centered on cultural awareness and understanding. Through analyzing model texts students will deduce organizational structures for expository writing and strategies used for effective communication. Through a variety of close reading activities, students will collect a bank of tools to incorporate into their own writing for small open ended writing assignments during the unit and the summative assessment at the end of the unit.
The performance task includes an artistic representation of culture and an expository explaining the significance of the images and symbols chosen. Students will learn to introduce an idea and logically explain the background, cultural significance, and impact on their lives and personal identities.

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