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Thematic Unit 1

Thematic Unit Assignment Submitted By: Jonah Blake Sims

Subject Area: DP English Topic: “Pillars of the Earth” Its correlation to English and Social Studies

Grade Level: 10th grade

English Language Learners. The students at the school are non-native speakers learning English in foreign environment

Unit Instructional Goals: By the end of this unit, students will know the concept of Historical Fiction. They will understand the
characteristics of a novel and the differences between prose and poetry. They will also have a basic understanding of Medieval culture,
the church, politics and economics

Guiding Questions: How can we relate medieval culture to present day?

Unit Assessment and Evaluation Method:

Formative: As students advance through the novel, they will have to prepare a PowerPoint presentation and a poster on medieval
culture they will have to choose between, the church and politics. Students will create a blog, using blogger. On this blog, they will
put daily logs on what they have read.

Summative: Students will have different quizzes during the thematic unit; they will have one written and one on quibblo.com.

Theory: According to Blooms Taxonomy Theory, throughout the unit, students will have activities involving all of the six levels.
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Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Lesson Lesson Topic: Lesson Topic: Pillars of the Earth Lesson Lesson
Topic: Chp 1 part 1 Topic: Topic:
Introduction to Pillars of the Earth and
Introduction medieval culture Descriptive Narrative Chp 1 Book Chp 1 Bk 3
to Pillars of 2 Pillars of Pillars of the
the Earth and Student Guiding Question: Student Guiding Question: the Earth and Earth and
medieval 1. What do we think theme is in Pillars 1. Why write a book? Medieval medieval
culture. of the Earth? 2. Do you like to write? culture. culure.

Student 2. What do we know about the novel so 3. Do you write every day? Student Student
Guiding far? 4. Is writing an email Guiding Guiding
Question: 3. Why is the prologue so interesting? considered writing? Question: Question:
What is attractive about the way Follet 5. Do any of you keep a
See writes Blog? Have Would you
worksheet 4. How can we evidence medieval students read follow Tom
“Introduction economics, and religion in the Materials/Resource: Laptop at least three builder?
in to prologue. computers 1 per groups of 4 and posts from What are his
medieval access to internet each other’s options?
times” (Sheet Materials/Resource: blogs.
Opening Activity: Students will be Materials/Res
1) (Field, Laptop computers 1 per group of 4 invited to create a blog on blogger
2007) ource:
about pillars of the earth. This will
Opening Activity: be a great way for them to keep up Materials/Res The Book
Materials/Res
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ource: Use the link on to date with ource: and a laptop
computer
(Field, 2007) Their reading assignments. 7 laptop
http://victoriaenglish.webs.com/apps/videos/v computers Instructional
ideos/view/6078710-pillars-of-the-earth- Instructional Activity: Activity: Do
prologue Opening a one
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v Activity:
=NN2I1pWXjXI paragraph
Opening “The Prologue” under Forums to begin a class paraphrasing
discussion related to the guiding questions. Once they
Activity: have read of what you
each other’s think
We will Practice Activity: Have students
opinions on happens in
listen to a Instructional Activity: go to the computer lab and have
Chp 1 book 2 Ch1. Bk3 of
music clip them create a video after watching
Ask students the book.
and students http://victoriaenglish.webs.com the following video
will be asked to write about This will be a
to state their Will show students by means of an interactive Blogs in plain English their opinions graded
opinion by smart board how to access the of the three
Students will create their first blog activity.
means of http://victoriaenglish.webs.com web page blogs:
post after registering on blogger Watch
(probing and and how to participate in the forum.
Think-Pair-Share activity punctuation
redirecting The forum post will be on the book and how and spelling.
questions) it describes the church in the prologue. Assessment: After having
what they done the blog This opens a
Practice Activity: Have students edit each other’s discussion.
think. post. Have
text before posting it on to blogger
students Assessment:
Instructional Assessment: (comprehension) (Bloom, 2010)
discuss the
Activity: following Have
Review comments posted on the Homework:
Students will http://victoriaenglish.webs.com forum questions: students
Read Chapter 1 Part 2 and post a create a
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make groups Students will be assessed on their quality of blog What power point
of 4 and comments will have until Friday to post their happened to presentation
answer the comments. (Synthesize and Evaluate) Martha? explaining
WS. Then (Bloom, 2010) how Tom has
we will have What been a victim
a discussion H.W. condition is of feudalism.
about what Agnes in? He is a
Read Chapter 1 Part 1
they think What is the freeman, is
and compare problem she this better
it to is facing? than being a
contemporary servant?
times (Think- Give details (Evaluate)
Pair-Share) as to why (Bloom,
Follet is a 2010)
master of
description. H.W. As you
do your
Practice reading think
Activity: of the
Instructional
following
Assessment: Activity:
two
Students will
questions:
Will walk watch the ken
around the Follet video Should Tom
groups. and post a have left the
Formative comment on baby in the
assessment. to their blogs. forest?
Work sheets
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provided will Follet Video 2. What
be graded as would you
assessment. Assessment: have done in
(Evaluate) this
H.W. situation?
(Bloom,
Students will 2010)
be asked to
write a Students will H.W:
descriptive have to take a
short story. short quiz on Students
should post
Chp 1 Bk 3 on their blog
Quiz and read Chp
H.W.: Read 1 bk 4.
Chp 1 Bk 3

References
Bloom. (2010, January 15). Blooms Taxonomy. Retrieved January 15, 2010, from Blooms Taxonomy: http://www.officeport.com/edu/blooms.htm
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Field, A. J. (2007, August 19). Schoolhistory.co.uk. Retrieved January 10, 2010, from School History:

http://www.schoolhistory.co.uk/year7links/life_worksheets.shtml