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Unit Overview
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Unit 1: Independent Reading and Foundational Skills
Timeframe: 
2 Weeks 

Essential Questions and Corresponding Big Ideas
1. Why is it important to develop literacy skills?
- Literacy allows for sharing of perspectives and meaningful self-expression.  
 
2. What strategies do good readers use to help them understand difficult texts?
- Developing an awareness of strategies of a successful reader develops metacognition thereby enabling academic success. 
 
3. In what ways does writing allow for an expansion and expression of worldly thoughts?
- Writing allows for expansion and expression of worldly thoughts through extended self-expression, sentence fluency, and a flow of useful ideas.

4. What does it mean to be a successful high school student?
- Developing an awareness of clear expectations of a high school student develops metacognition thereby enabling academic success and personal growth. 
 
5. How can we effectively communicate our ideas to the world?
- Writing allows for expansion and expression of worldly thoughts through extended self-expression, sentence fluency, and a flow of useful ideas 

Engaging Scenario
In high school, the expectations of a student are different than those of a middle school student. In order to prepare for the demands and rigor of high school, you will create a portfolio demonstrating the essential skills needed to be successful in 9th grade. You will also choose challenging independent reading for this unit to strengthen your critical reading skills. The portfolios will be used as resources for the incoming 8th graders next year. 

Performance Task Synopses
Task 1: Note-Taking and Annotation Guide
ELAGSE9-10RI2
Students will learn different annotating and note-taking strategies from a variety of sources. They will then create a guide with a model for their portfolio.

Task 2: Constructed Response Graphic Organizer
ELAGSE9-10RI1 
Students will create a constructed response item with an accompanying graphic organizer that shows evidence of claim analysis supported by textual evidence.
 
Task 3: Plot Diagram and Narrative Writing
ELAGSE9-10W3, ELAGSE9-10RL2
Students will complete a plot diagram for an Independent Reading text and will transfer those skills to composing original narratives about initial experience in high school. 

Task 4: Goal Setting Letter
ELAGSE9-10W3
Students will utilize personal data to set academic and personal goals for themselves in a formal letter.

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