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English 10 with Mr.


Mini-Unit 2: Short Stories and Narrative Writing

Essential Questions we can answer by the end of the unit:
 How are stories important in our lives and in our society?
 What makes a story engaging and how can we effectively write, or tell, a story?

Academic Learning Targets (ALTs). By the end of the mini-unit I can do the following:
Reading ALT 1: Read for Comprehension.
 Central Ideas: I can summarize key details and I can identify the theme of the work.
 Inferences: I can make inferences using relevant textual evidence (details, examples, information).
 Unknown vocabulary: I can determine or clarify the meaning of unknown vocabulary.
 Characters: I can analyze how characters are introduced, developed, and connected to the plot.
 Connections in a text: I can identify the connections between individuals, events, and ideas in a text.
Writing ALT1: Write a narrative (A story).
 Engaging the Reader: I can write a hook and other techniques to draw the reader into my storyline.
 Narrative Techniques: I can write narrative techniques to develop the plot and/or characters.
 Sequencing Techniques: I can write effective sequencing techniques to develop plot.
 Conclusion: I can write a relevant conclusion/resolution.
Writing ALT4: Use the writing process.
 Pre-Writing Strategies: I can consistently use prewriting strategies to plan my writing.
 Revisions and Feedback: I can make revisions in response to peer and teacher feedback.
 Proofreading: I can proofread and edit for spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
 Polished Piece of Writing: I can produce a polished piece of writing that is properly formatted.
Language ALT2: Follow basic conventions.
 Spelling: I can consistently use spelling conventions/rules correctly in my writing, and errors do not
get in the way of readability.
 Punctuation: I have consistent control over basic punctuation conventions, such as end punctuation,
commas, apostrophes, quotation marks, and dialogue. Errors to not get in the way of readability.
 Grammar: I have consistent control over basic grammar conventions such as such as subject-verb
agreement. Errors do not get in the way of readability.
Speaking-Listening ALT2: Present orally.
 Present Information: I can orally present information clearly, concisely, and logically.
 Body Language-Eye Contact: I can use natural, effective body language and appropriate eye contact.

(Tentative) Schedule:
Week 1: Defining narrative elements; reading a short story for comprehension: Poe’s The Tell-tale Heart.
Week 2: Analyzing plot and character in a film: Reiner’s Stand by Me.
Week 3: Identifying narrative techniques; analyzing and discussing a short story’s use of narrative
elements and techniques; writing a narrative using narrative elements and techniques.
Weeks 4/5: Polishing a narrative through feedback and revision; oral presentation.
Formative Assessments: (To be graded as individual assignments and group work)
 Narrative elements in Edgar Allen Poe’s The Tell-tale Heart.
 Tracking plot, character and theme in Rob Reiner’s Stand By Me.
 Narrative Writing Checkpoints.
 Narrative Writing peer feedback and revision.
 Analysis of a short story: the author’s use of narrative elements and techniques.
 Short speaking tasks (discussion and presentation).

Summative Assessments: (To be graded as final individual grades)

 Final polished narrative with evidence of the writing process (planning and revision); an artist’s
statement analyzing your use of narrative elements and techniques. (300-500 words.)
 Oral presentation. (1-2 minutes.)

Short Stories and Narratives Unit: Planning Calendar

Write in due dates for assignments and organize your time with the calendar below.
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

9/9 9/10 9/11 9/12 9/13 9/14

First day of
the mini-

9/15 9/16 9/17 9/18 9/19 9/20 9/21

9/22 9/23 9/24 9/25 9/26 9/27 9/28

9/29 9/30 10/1 10/2 10/3 10/4 10/5

No School No School

10/6 10/7 10/9 No school Quarter 1 Quarter 1

Final day of Exams Exams
the mini-