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Storming Heaven Unit: English 12 / 12 CR

Unit Objective/Rationale: Students will read and analyze various formats of information to form their own valid, justified opinion, a skill
that will aid them in their future.
***Writers Notebook (WN), Sustained Silent Reading (SSR), Storming Heaven (SH), Truth Be Told Perspectives on the Great West
Virginia Mine War 1890-Present (TBT), When Miners March (WMM)
***Have students use writers notebook for big ideas/what stood out to them from each reading
***Do a self-reflection (likert) as pre & posttest
Objectives:
1. Students will use their knowledge of analyzed informational texts- Truth Be Told and When Miners March- as well as the
novel, Storming Heaven to explain how the events correspond.
2. Students will reflect on readings of material in class (literature and informational text)- how it relates to the real world/their life
and their feelings about the subject(s).
3. Students will gather and integrate multiple sources to justify an argument/topic of their choosing related to the unit.
Standards:
ELA.12.6
ELA.12.28
ELA.12.31

Analyze a complex set of ideas or sequence of events and explain how specific individuals, ideas, or
events interact and develop over the course of the informational text and media.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., visually,
quantitatively, and/or orally) in order to make informed decisions and solve problems, evaluating
the credibility and accuracy of each source and analyzing any discrepancies among the data.

Sept. 19

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SSR

SSR

SSR

SSR

SSR

WN- What is dialect? How


does it impact your
Pre-Test
opportunities?
Book Pass- Students
become familiar with
books and look into lives Finish Web Quests
of authors/editors
https://www.theguardian.co
Begin PBS- Mine Wars
m/
Discuss their
Documentary
Significance- Denise
lifeandstyle/2016/sep/06/
Giardina, Wess Harris, KWL Chart to assist
documentary
and William Blizzard
appalachia-accentIntro to Appalachian
Dialect- Group assign.

Discuss Documentary up
to yesterdays ending
PBS Documentary &
point.
KWL Chart cont.
Continue PBS
Documentary & KWL
Chart

* Shortened Classes for


Homecoming Activities

speech-languageeducation

Web Quest
(stormingheavenwebque
st.weebly.com)

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SSR

SSR

SSR

SSR

SSR

Lab Time (finish


incomplete or missing
assignments)

Map AssignmentI vs. Me (grammar review)


collaborative groups of 34 research a non-fictional Finish Maps
town in the novel &
Web Quest Discussion
portray accurate map
(see rubric) making a
then & now connection Begin Reading Novel (Ch.

Discuss KWL Chart

Discuss Readings (1-4)


(interests, characters,
setting, etc.)

Finish PBS
Documentary/KWL chart

Character Map (Family


Trees)
Read Ch. 3-4 and reflect

Themed Bookmark

Reflection on
Documentary- Expressive
writing

1-2) and reflect

Oct. 3

SSR

SSR

SSR
Review Company Store
Discussion of Esau Scrip SSR
set-up and scrip from novel & womens role
Read SH Ch. 8
What kind of company
Look at political parties
Discuss Role of Baldwinstore/scrip exists in the
as wholes. (video)
Felts, Coal operators, and
21st century?
What does each
Union (miners)
Read TBT p. 22-31, reflect represents? What does
in writers notebook
socialist mean?

WMM p.47-51

SSR

WN-How do you think


your requests would be
taken if you were to ask
for certain things in
school?

SSR Novel Activity Due


WMM p. 99-108
Close Reading

SSR Activity
Continue Reading SH

Read Ch. 5-7 of SH

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Guest Speaker-

SSR

SSR

SSR

Wess Harris (editor of


Quiz Part 1
Truth Be Told
Grudgeball Review Part 1
Perspectives of the
Brainstorming I-Search
Great WV Mine War and Topic
editor of When Miners
Discussion Questions
March)

Reflect on Guest Speaker

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Read SH Ch. 10-11


Intro I-search
scaffold/Develop Thesis

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SSR
60 Min- King of Coal
Source search

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SSR
TBT- The Memo (Consol
Mine No. 9 Disaster)
Articles from Upper Big
Branch
SQ3R
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SSR
Lab Time
WN- What organization
has had a large impact
on your
school/community?

SSR
Finish SH Ch. 12-14
Group Discussion

SSR
I-Search Sources/Paper
development

SSR
Research Paper

Read SH Ch. 12-14


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SSR
Lab Time
Field Trip- Beckley
Exhibition Coal Mine

SSR

SSR
Consolidate/Reflect
Read SH Ch. 15
SSR
information from field trip
Scaffolding Packet Due
as a primary source for
Compare And Contrast the Work on Research Paper
research
scenes (Graphic Organizer
Read SH Ch. 16-17
WMM & SH)
Bibliography Due
WMM- p.130-143

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Nov. 1

SSR

SSR

SSR

SSR

Final Drafts Due

Read SH Ch. 16-18

Read Ch. 19-21

Read SH Ch. 21-24

Read SH Ch. 24-End

Post-Test

WMM- Ch. 9 Mother

TBT- Victory on Blair

Peer Edit RD
Makes Mistake

Work on Rough Drafts

Group Work- Create a


Mountain! p. 105-113
symbol to represent your
group. Find a commonality Edit Drafts
& justify (ex. Miners and
their Red Bandanas)

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No School

Unit Test

Cook Book/Symbol

No School

Mountain Top Removal

Thank You Cards

SSR
Review Unit

Key Terms
Mineral Rights
Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency
Union
Scab
Martial Law
Scrip