Reading and Writing About Informational and Literary Nonfiction Microcourses

MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL

This microcourse contains two units at each grade level (6-12). In the first unit, students work with thematically linked pairs of complex informational texts to determine the central ideas and to analyze how they unfold over the course of a text. Students also work to describe and understand the language and methods writers employ to develop content. In the second unit, students work with complex literary nonfiction to build the skills and tenacity that can only be acquired through thoughtful encounters with difficult texts. In both units, students experience sequences of reading, writing, and discussion specifically designed to ensure support, engagement, and success in culminating writing tasks (middle school) and as they write explanatory essays and text- based arguments (high school).

Grade 6 Unit 1 Story and The Brain
Unit 2 Dealing With Difficulty (Doyle and Dickinson)
Grade 7 Unit 1 Texting and Language Change
Unit 2 Dealing With Difficulty (cummings and Dillard)
Grade 8 Unit 1 Superstitions, Patterns, and Control
Unit 2 Dealing With Difficulty (Reed and Thomas)
Grade   9 Unit 1 Reading Intelligence
Unit 2 Dealing With Difficulty (Church and Tocqueville)
Grade 10 Unit 1 Language and Thought
Unit 2 Dealing With Difficulty (McPherson and Plato)
Grade 11 Unit 1 Bias and Assumption in Research
Unit 2 Dealing With Difficulty (Winthrop and Ross)
Grade 12 Unit 1 Science Writing for Lay Audiences
Unit 2 Dealing With Difficulty (Orwell and Montaigne)

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