In my English 1 class, my units are generally themed based on our mentor text focus.
WORK - Mentor Text: "Fake Gold " by Rick Bragg excerpt. Skill Focus: Elements of narrative and plot.
HUMANITY -Mentor Text: "Pale Blue Dot" by Carl Sagan and associated texts. Skill Focus: Irony Reading for Detail, Theme, Main Idea
HOME - Mentor Text: "The House on Mango Street" by Sandra Cisneros excerpt and "The Amigo Brothers" by Piri Thomas. Skill Focus: SOAPSTone literacy strategy and narrative writing
DREAM - Mentor Text: "I Have A Dream Speech ". Skill Focus: Figurative Language and Rhetorical Techniques
FREE -Mentor Text: "Glory" song lyrics and Langston Hughes poetry, TKAM excepts. Skill Focus: Elements of Poetry, novel study, comparing texts, thematic development
HOPE -Mentor Text: "Hope is the thing with feathers" and "Invictus". Skill Focus: Making comparisons, abstract nouns, figurative language
FEAR -Mentor Text: "Only Thing We Have to Fear is Fear Itself" by FDR and "What Should You Worry About" informational text. Skill Focus: Context Clues, reading for detail, research writing
HERO -Mentor Text: Varied articles. Skill Focus: Text Features and Text Structures, Argumentative Essays "What is a hero?"
SERVE - Mentor Text: "The Things They Carried" excerpt. Skill Focus: Inferencing and Characterization
LUCK - Informational texts and poetry Skill Focus: EOC Prep