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ELA 2012 G8:M4:U3

Position Paper: Which of Michael Pollan’s Four Food Chains Would You Choose to Feed the United States?

Each unit is made up of a sequence of between 5-20 lessons. The “unit at a glance” chart in the curriculum map breaks down each unit into its lessons, to show how the curriculum is organized in terms of standards address, supporting targets, ongoing assessment, and protocols. It also indicates which lessons include the mid-unit and end-of-unit assessments.

Lesson 1Analyzing a Model Position Paper

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1. Opening

A. Unpacking Learning Targets (2 minutes)

2. Work Time

A. Unpacking the Prompt and Introducing the Rubric (8 minutes)

B. Reading the Model Position Paper for Gist and Analyzing the Content (15 minutes)

C. Analyzing the Structure of the Model Position Paper (10 minutes)

3. Closing and Assessment

A. Assessing the Model against the Rubric (10 minutes)

4. Homework

A. Quote Sandwich organizers: To prepare to draft the first body paragraph of your position paper (in which you are going to provide evidence to support one of your reasons for making your choice of food chain), use the evidence on your Position Speech graphic organizer and in your position speech from Unit 2 to fill out two Quote Sandwich organizers. If you can remember how to cite your sources in MLA format, please do so at the bottom of your organizers, but if you can’t, leave it blank and we will review this in a later lesson.

  • Gist annotations on model position paper

Lesson 2Planning Body Paragraphs of Position Paper and Beginning Mid-Unit 3 Assessment

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1. Opening

A. Unpacking Learning Targets (1 minute)

B. Reviewing MLA Citation (3 minutes)

2. Work Time

A. Planning Body Paragraph 2 (17 minutes)

B. Planning Body Paragraph 3 (17 minutes)

3. Closing and Assessment

A. Begin Mid-Unit 3 Assessment:  Drafting Body Paragraphs in Position Paper (7 minutes)

4.  Homework

A. Finish drafting the body paragraphs of your position paper.

  • Quote Sandwich organizers for Body Paragraphs 1, 2, and 3.

Lesson 3Mid-Unit Assessment: Draft of Position Paper

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1. Opening

A. Unpacking Learning Targets (3 minutes)

B. Language Mini Lesson: Formal Style and Words, Phrases, and Clauses to Connect Ideas (8 minutes)

2. Work Time

A. Studying the Model and Drafting an Introductory Paragraph (17 minutes)

B. Studying the Model and Drafting a Concluding Paragraph (15 minutes)

3. Closing and Assessment

A. Reviewing Learning Targets (2 minutes)

4. Homework

A. None.

  • Mid-Unit 3 Assessment: Draft Position Paper 

Lesson 4Introducing the Performance Task Prompt and Beginning a Visual Representation

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1. Opening

A. Reviewing the Learning Target (2 minutes)

2. Work Time

A. Introducing the Performance Task (15 minutes)

B. Producing a Visual Representation (23 minutes)

3. Closing and Assessment

A. Pair Share (5 minutes)

4. Homework

A. Continue working on your visual representation. 

  • Performance task: visual representations 

Lesson 5End of Unit Assessment: Final Position Paper

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1. Opening

A. Reviewing the Learning Target (4 minutes)

B. Receiving Feedback (5 minutes)

2. Work Time

A. End of Unit Assessment: Final Draft of Position Paper (31 minutes)

3. Closing and Assessment

A. Pair Share (5 minutes)

4. Homework

A. Continue working on the visual representation of your position paper.

  • End of Unit 3 Assessment: Final Draft of Position Paper

Lesson 6Final Performance Task: Sharing Visual Representations of Position Papers

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1. Opening

A. Reviewing the Learning Target (2 minutes)

2. Work Time

A. Finishing Visual Representations of Position Papers (10 minutes)

B. Gallery Walk of Performance Task: Visual Representations of Position Papers (25 minutes)

3. Closing and Assessment

A. One-Word Whip-around (8 minutes)

4. Homework

None. 

  • Performance task: visual representations
  • Gallery Walk

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