Parallel Curriculum Units for Language Arts, Grades 6-12

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Sample units demonstrate how to use the Parallel Curriculum Model to design high-quality curriculum in language arts. Each unit includes instructions, assessments, and skills/standards.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412965378
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 8/25/2009
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeanne H. Purcell is the consultant to the Connecticut State Depart­ment of Education for gifted and talented education. She is also director of UConn Mentor Connection, a nationally recognized summer mentorship program for talented teenagers that is part of the NEAG Center for Talent Development at the University of Con­necticut. Prior to her work at the State Department of Connecticut, she was an administrator for Rocky Hill Public Schools (CT); a pro­gram specialist with the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, where she worked collaboratively with other researchers on national issues related to high-achieving young people; an instructor of Teaching the Talented, a graduate-level program in gifted education; and a staff developer to school districts across the country and Canada. She has been an En­glish teacher, community service coordinator, and teacher of the gifted, K-12, for 18 years in Connecticut school districts and has published many articles that have appeared in Educational Leadership, Gifted Child Quarterly, Roeper Review, Educa­tional and Psychological Measurement, National Association of Secondary School Principals’ Bulletin, Our Children: The National PTA Magazine, Parenting for High Potential, and Journal for the Education of the Gifted. She is active in the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) and serves on the Awards Committee and the Curriculum Committee of NAGC, for which she is the co-chair for the annual Curriculum Awards Competition.

Jann Leppien served as a gifted and talented coordinator in Montana prior to attending the University of Connecticut, where she earned her doctorate in gifted education and worked as a research assistant at the National Research Center for the Gifted and Talented. She has been a teacher for 24 years, spending 14 of those years working as a classroom teacher, enrichment specialist, and coordinator of the Schoolwide Enrichment Model in Montana. She is past president of the Montana Association for Gifted and Tal­ented Education. Currently, she is an associate professor in the School of Education at the University of Great Falls in Montana. Leppien teaches graduate and under­graduate courses in gifted education, educational research, curriculum and assess­ment, creativity, and methods courses in math, science, and social studies. Her research interests include teacher collaboration, curriculum design, underachievement, and planning instruction for advanced learners. Leppien works as a consultant to teachers in the field of gifted education and as a national trainer for the Talents Unlimited Program. She is coauthor of The Multiple Menu Model: A Par­allel Guide for Developing Differentiated Curriculum. She is active in the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), serving as a board member and newsletter editor of the Curriculum Division, and a board member of the Association for the Education of Gifted Underachieving Students.

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Table of Contents

About the Editors
About the Contributors
Introduction to the Parallel Curriculum Model
1. Understanding and Finding Your Author's Voice: An Intermediate Language Arts Unit (Grades 6-7)
Introduction to the Unit - Lee-Ann Hayen
Content Framework - Judy Walsh
Assessments - Judy Walsh
Unit Sequence, Description, and Teacher Reflections
Lesson 1.1: The Contributors to Identity
Lesson 1.2: Shaping Your Voice
Lesson 1.3: The Influences on Mood
Lesson 1.4: Analyzing an Author's Voice
Lesson 1.5: Finding the Right Voice and Mood for Your Purpose
Lesson 1.6: Your Turn
2. The LIttle Napoleon in Us All: Literary Criticism and the Battle for Power (Grade 8)
Introduction to the Unit
Content Framework
Unit Sequence, Description, and Teacher Reflections
Lesson 2.1: Preassessment/Brainstorming
Lesson 2.2: What Is Allegory?
Lesson 2.3: Diary of an Author
Lesson 2.4: Write a Personal Allegory
Lesson 2.5: Character Analysis, Part I
Lesson 2.6: Orwell's Responsibility
Lesson 2.7: Literary Criticism
Lesson 2.8: WRite a Literary Critique of Animal Farm
Lesson 2.9: Character Analysis Map, Part II
Lesson 2.10: What Is a Classic?
Lesson 2.11: Survivor: The Isms
Lesson 2.12: Final Assessment
3. Reacting to a Literary Model: Writing Original Pieces (Grades 9-10)
Introduction to the Unit
Content Framework
Unit Sequence, Description, and Teacher Reflections
Lesson 3.1: Preassessment
Lessons 3.2 and 3.3: Setting and Mood
Lessons 3.4 and 3.5: Creating Realistic Characters
Lessons 3.6 and 3.7: Prejudice, Conflict, and Theme
Lesson 3.8: Postassessment
4. You Be the Critic: Understanding, Using, and Writing Literary Criticism (Grades 11-12)
Introduction to the Unit
Content Framework
Unit Sequence, Description, and Teacher Reflections
Lesson 4.1: Introduction to Literary Criticism
Lesson 4.2: Analyzing a Fictional passage for Content
Lessons 4.3, 4.4, and 4.5: Character Development and Point of View
Lessons 4.6 and 4.7: Understanding Tone
Lessons 4.8 and 4.9: What Is Style?
Lesson 4.10: Recognizing Style
Lesson 4.11: Rhetoric and Rhetorical Devices
Lessons 4.12 and 4.13 The Persuasive Essay and the Editorial
Lessons 4.14 and 4.15: Writing a Literary Analysis

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