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ELA G8:M1:U3

Culminating Project: Free Verse Inside Out and Back Again poems

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 1Finishing Who? Where? and Why? Research

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1.  Opening

A.  Review Learning Targets (2 minutes)

B.  Sharing Strongest Evidence (5 minutes)

2.  Work Time

A.  Finishing Research (20 minutes)

B.  Review Performance Task Prompt (5 minutes)

C.  Building a Character Profile (8 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

A.  Becoming the Character in an Interview (5 minutes)

4.  Homework

A.  Familiarize yourself with the rest of the “Inside Out” Poem graphic organizer to get ready for the next lesson. Be clear about what you think should be recorded in each column and why so that you are prepared for a discussion. Do not record anything else on the organizer yet.

  • Research Guide
  • Character Profile on the “Inside Out” Poem graphic organizer
  • Peer Critique

Lesson 2Analyzing Poems from Inside Out & Back Again to Develop Criteria for an Effective Poem

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1.  Opening

A.  Unpacking Learning Targets (2 minutes)

B.  Introducing Anchor Chart: What Makes an Effective Poem? (8 minutes)

2.  Work Time  

A.  Analyzing “Papaya Tree” for Word Choice, Tone, and Meaning (15 minutes)

B.  Analyzing “Wet and Crying” for Word Choice, Tone, and Meaning (10 minutes)

C.  Applying Learning from Research on “Inside Out” Poem Graphic Organizer (8 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

A.  Begin Filling Out “Inside Out” Poem Graphic Organizer (2 minutes)

4.  Homework

A.  Use your completed Research Guide to finish filling out your graphic organizer using figurative and descriptive language as well as purposeful  word choice so you can begin turning the information you have gathered through research into poetry.

  • What Makes an Effective Poem? anchor chart
  • “Inside Out” Poem graphic organizer

Lesson 3Mid-Unit Assessment: Writing Best First Draft of “Inside Out” Poem

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1.  Opening

A.  Unpacking Learning Targets (2 minutes)

B.  Sharing Homework in Research Teams (6 minutes)

2.  Work Time

A.  Introduce Poem Rubric (5 minutes)

B.  Draft “Inside Out” Poem (20 minutes)

C.  Introducing “Back Again” Poem (10 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

A.  Beginning to Plan “Back Again” Poem (2 minutes)

4.  Homework

A.  Follow the directions to complete the “Back Again” Poem graphic organizer in preparation for writing the first draft of your “back again” poem in the next lesson.

  • Mid-Unit 3 Assessment: Best First Draft of “Inside Out” Poem

Lesson 4End of Unit Assessment: Writing Best First Draft of “Back Again” Poem

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1.  Opening

A.  Unpacking Learning Targets (2 minutes)

B.  Sharing Homework in Research Teams (6 minutes)

2.  Work Time

A.  Draft “Back Again” Poem (20 minutes)

B.  Self-Assessment Based on the Rubric (10 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

A.  Making Revisions (7 minutes)

4.  Homework

A.  If you have not finished both of your poems, take them home to finish them.

  • Draft “back again” poem NYSP12 ELA CCLS RI.8.1, W.8.3, W.8.9, and SL.8.1

Lesson 5Peer Critique of “Inside Out” and “Back Again” Poems

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1.  Opening

A.  Unpacking Learning Targets (2 minutes)

2.  Work Time

A.  Mini-Lesson: Word Choice (10 minutes)

B.  Peer Critique: Draft “Inside Out” Poem (13 minutes)

C.  Peer Critique: Draft “Back Again” Poem (10 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

A.  Making Revisions Based on Peer Feedback (10 minutes)

4.  Homework

A.  None

  • Revised “Inside Out” and “Back Again” poems
  • Stars and Steps for “Inside Out” and “Back Again” poems

Lesson 6Revision: Best Draft of “Inside Out” and “Back Again” Poems (Final Performance Task)

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1.  Opening

A.  Unpacking Learning Targets (2 minutes)

B.  Return “Inside Out” and “Back Again” Poems with Feedback (6 minutes)

2.  Work Time

A.  Poetry Share in Research Teams (10 minutes)

B.  Writing Best Draft of “Inside Out” and “Back Again” Poems (20 minutes)

3.  Closing and Assessment

A.  Poetry Share with Someone from Another Research Team (7 minutes)

4.  Homework

A.  Write a short review (no more than three paragraphs) of the novel Inside Out & Back Again for someone who is thinking about reading it. 
Answer these questions in your review:

  • What is the book about?
  • What did you think of the book? Why?
  • What was your favorite part of the book? Why?
  • Would you recommend this book to someone? Why/why not?
  • Best draft of “Inside Out” and “Back Again” poems

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