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Multi-Genre Research Paper Unit

Monday
Student’s role: Hook
Activity: Which one of
these are genres?
Affective Assessment:
Which genres have you
seen?
My role: Lead the hook
activity. Answer questions
about the genres that we will
be looking at.

Tuesday
Introduce Novel
What makes it a novel?
Research novels on:
-The Holocaust
-Slavery
-WWII
-Civil Rights
Start glossary of genre
terms
Create and add definition
for novel.

Wednesday
Cont. Research Novels

Introduce Short Story

Written Assignment on
novels found.
Students must choose one to
write a description about.

Read examples
Annotated short story

Introduce the written
assignment. Observe student
progress and be available for
student questions.

Introduce novel, the research
project, and the glossary.
Help class come up with
novel definition.
Monday

Tuesday

Cont. writing short story

Finish up short story

Mini Lesson on
descriptions

Mini Lesson on dialogue

Observe where students are
at in their short story.
Teach mini lesson.
Evaluate on students use of
the skills taught.

Observe what students need
to finish up.
Teach mini lesson.
Help students get ready for
peer workshop day.

Thursday

Wednesday
Peer Workshop Day on short
stories.
Exchange with two other
students.
Feedback on descriptions,
voice, and audience.
Journal Entry #1
Facilitate peer workshops.
Introduce journals and entry
#1.

Create definition and add to
Glossary
Introduce short story.
Read out loud a short story.
Guide students to read on their
own the next short story and
annotate.
Help class come up with short
story definition.

Thursday
Jigsaw Groups
-Obituary
-Post Cards
-Interview
Students will create and add
these definitions to their
glossary.
Assign and present jigsaw
groups.
Help students research their
genre and teach their peers in
small groups.
Help students come up with

Friday
Being to write short story
Their short story will be
written from the perspective
of someone that is living
through one of the historical
events.
Address short story
assignment, make sure each
student has an event, and
observe students.

Friday
Intro to Biographies
Read Examples
Create definition and add to
Glossary
Introduce biographies.
Facilitate popcorn reading of
examples.
Help students come up with a
definition for biography.

definitions for each if needed.

Monday
Begin Biography
Students choose a
historical figure to write
about.

Tuesday
Cont. Biography
Evaluate the progress of
students.

Assign biography
assignment.
Make sure each student has
someone to write about.
Observe students.

Wednesday

Create a missing diary
entry for Anne Frank’s
Diary
Introduce diary entry
assignment.
Observe students progress.

Introduce Diary

Cont. to Read Anne Frank

Read excerpt from Anne
Frank’s Diary

Journal Entry #2

Students will create and add
descriptions to their glossary
and keep examples for their
papers.

Add to Glossary

Tuesday

Wednesday

Introduce Native American
literature

Speaker: Native American
presenter on oral genres and
tales of indigenous people.

Read Examples
Annotate Examples
Add to Glossary
Introduce Native American
literature.
Read examples to class.
Help students come up with a
definition for Native
American literature.

Friday

Genre Stations
-Comic Strips
-Letters
-Logos

Present, assign, and model
genre stations.
Help students come up with
definitions if needed.
Monday

Thursday

Add to Glossary
Introduce the speaker.
Help students come up with a
definition for oral story telling.

Introduce diary.
Give students excerpts to read
in groups.
Help students come up with a
definition for diary.

Thursday
Discussion
Compare/Contrast the
genres we have seen so far.
What similarities have we
seen?
What differences?
Is there something new
about the events that you
have learned after viewing
these genres?
Students that wish to share.
Facilitate discussion.
Present a point of comparison
and contrast to get started.

Discuss what the students read
last class. Facilitate reading
the last excerpts together with
an audio book or myself.
Present Journal Entry #2

Friday
Jigsaw Day
-Book Reviews
-Graffiti
-Quotations
Students will create and add
these definitions to their
glossary
Assign jigsaw groups.
Help students research their
genre and teach their peers in
small groups.

List events we have looked at.
Ask questions if needed, let
students lead the discussion.

Monday

Tuesday

Introduce slave ads,
pictures, and slogans.
Students research and find
examples of each.

Continue research and find
examples.

Create definition and add
to Glossary

Journal Entry #3

Introduce the new genres.
Assign project of
researching online to find
examples of each.
Add definitions to glossary.
Keep examples for final
paper.
Monday
Cont. Poems
Peer Workshop
Help students that were not
present on Friday find a
topic.
Observe students and make
sure everyone is working and
finishing up their poems.

Mini Lesson on citations

Help students that need
assistance with finding
examples.
Give mini lesson on properly
citing

Tuesday

Wednesday
Introduce Poetry
Read examples
Annotated Poem
Create definition and add to
Glossary
Introduce poetry.
Guide students through
reading of poems.
Help students add definition to
their glossary.

Wednesday

Discussion in Socratic
circles
Which has provided more
information to us?

Work Day for those that
need to polish pieces or work
on the glossary or missed
journal entries.

Time for students to share

Give students the option to
conference with myself about
what they are missing and how
they can make it up. Facilitate
all students to make sure they
are working on something.

Journal Entry #4
Facilitate discussion in
Socratic circles and help
them answer the questions
provided.
Give students time to share.
Present Journal Entry.

Thursday

Friday

Theme of the Poem
discussion.

Students pick an event to
write a poem about.

Make a word web of words
with smart phones and the
internet.

Help students pick on of the
events to write a poem about.
Make sure every student has
an event and get everyone
started.

Facilitate discussion on
selected poem.
Get site set up for students to
text in their answer.

Thursday

Friday

Read children’s books.

Introduce speeches

Let students look through the
children’s books that I have
brought in.
Read a few to the class.
Give time for students to read
to each other.

Read examples
Create definition and add to
Glossary
Introduce speeches.
Read examples to the class.
Help students create a
definition for their glossary.

Monday
Genre Stations
-Song lyrics
-Maps
-Crossword puzzles
Create and add definitions
to glossary
Present and assign genre
stations.
Help students create
definitions if needed.
Monday

Tuesday
Video

Wednesday

Thursday

Students review multi-genre
research papers

Students begin to compile all
their genres and pick what
order they want them in.

Journal Entry #5
Play videos of different
historical events for the
students to see another type
of genre.
Present Journal Entry.

Tuesday

Cont. choice piece

Continue choice piece

Observe students working on
choice piece.
Assist any students if
necessary.

Write cover letters
Observe students working.
Introduce cover letters.
Mini Lesson on what makes a
cover letter.

Students pick their choice
piece/topic
Present different examples of
multi-genre research papers.
Introduce choice piece and
answer any questions.

Wednesday

Students begin their choice
piece.

Friday
Cont. to work on choice
piece.
Observe students working on
choice piece.
Assist any students if
necessary.

Assist students as they begin to
put their final project together.
Answer any questions.
Give more information on
choice piece if needed.
Thursday

Friday

**Extra day if needed for
students to get caught up

Turn in multi-genre research
paper and journal entries.

Students present their choice
piece.

Give students time to converse
with myself.
Make sure all students are
working on something.
Go over final two days:
students will turn in papers
and present choice piece.

Students present their choice
piece.

Facilitate second round of
students presenting.
Give students praise for all the
hard work that they have done.

Collect student’s multi-genre
research paper.
Facilitate the first round of
students presenting.