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English Language Arts, Grade 6 Module 1: Reading Closely and Writing to Learn, Teacher Guide

ISBN: 978-1-119-10525-1
384 pages
October 2015, Jossey-Bass
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Paths to College and Career

Jossey-Bass and PCG Education are proud to bring the Paths to College and Career English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum and professional development resources for grades 6–12 to educators across the country. Originally developed for EngageNY and written with a focus on the shifts in instructional practice and student experiences the standards require, Paths to College and Career includes daily lesson plans, guiding questions, recommended texts, scaffolding strategies and other classroom resources.

Paths to College and Career is a concrete and practical ELA instructional program that engages students with compelling and complex texts. At each grade level, Paths to College and Career delivers a yearlong curriculum that develops all students' ability to read closely and engage in text-based discussions, build evidence-based claims and arguments, conduct research and write from sources, and expand their academic vocabulary. Paths to College and Career's instructional resources address the needs of all learners, including students with disabilities, English language learners, and gifted and talented students.

This enhanced curriculum provides teachers with freshly designed Teacher Guides that make the curriculum more accessible and flexible, a Teacher Resource Book for each module that includes all of the materials educators need to manage instruction, and Student Journals that give students learning tools for each module and a single place to organize and document their learning.

As the creators of the Paths ELA curriculum for grades 6–12, PCG Education provides a professional learning program that ensures the success of the curriculum. The program includes:

  • Nationally recognized professional development from an organization that has been immersed in the new standards since their inception.
  • Blended learning experiences for teachers and leaders that enrich and extend the learning.
  • A train-the-trainer program that builds capacity and provides resources and individual support for embedded leaders and coaches.

Paths offers schools and districts a unique approach to ensuring college and career readiness for all students, providing state-of-the-art curriculum and state-of-the-art implementation.

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Table of Contents

About PCG Education vii

What Is Paths to College and Career? ix

Curriculum Maps xix

Grade 6 Curriculum Map xxi

Curriculum Plan xxxvii

Module Overview 1

Unit 1 21

Unit Overview Building Background Knowledge 21
Percy Jackson and the Hero’s Journey

Lesson 1 Engaging the Reader 36
Close Reading Part 1 of “Shrouded in Myth”

Lesson 2 Engaging the Reader 44
Close Reading Part 2 of “Shrouded in Myth”

Lesson 3 Meeting the Main Character 51
Launching The Lightning Thief (Chapter 1)

Lesson 4 Inferring about Characters 57
Getting to Know Percy (Chapters 1 and 2)

Lesson 5 Inferring about Characters 62
Close Reading The Lightning Thief (Chapter 3)

Lesson 6 Vocabulary Strategies and Questions from the Text 68
Close Reading Part 2 of The Lightning Thief (Chapter 3, Continued)

Lesson 7 74
Mid-Unit 1 Assessment: Making Inferences about Percy

Lesson 8 The Hero’s Journey, Part 1 77
What Is a Hero?

Lesson 9 Building Background Knowledge about the Hero’s Journey, Part 2 83
Acts 2 and 3 Plus Focusing on Key Vocabulary in “The Hero’s Journey”

Lesson 10 Selecting Evidence and Partner Writing 88
Aligning “The Hero’s Journey” and The Lightning Thief (Chapter 5)

Lesson 11 Selecting Evidence 95
“The Hero’s Journey” and The Lightning Thief (Chapter 6)

Lesson 12 Writing with Evidence 102
Percy and the Hero’s Journey (Chapter 7)

Lesson 13 End-of-Unit 1 Assessment 106
Drawing Evidence from Text: Written Analysis of How Percy’s Experiences Align with “The Hero’s Journey”

Unit 2 110

Unit Overview Elements and Themes of Mythology in The Lightning Thief 110

Lesson 1 Reading Closely to Build Background Knowledge 136
“Myths and Legends”

Lesson 2 Building Background Knowledge 142
The Myth of Cronus

Lesson 3 Using Details to Determine Theme 149
The Myth of Cronus

Lesson 4 What Makes a Myth a Myth? 156
Comparing “Cronus” and “Shrouded in Myth”

Lesson 5 Building Vocabulary 162
Working with Words about the Key Elements of Mythology

Lesson 6 Connecting Literary and Informational Texts 167
Cronus and “The Key Elements of Mythology”

Lesson 7 Analyzing the Model Analytical Mini-Essay 174
“Elements of Mythology and Theme of Cronus”

Lesson 8 Exploring Allusions to Myths in The Lightning Thief 182
Close Reading Part 1 of “Prometheus”

Lesson 9 Analyzing Details in “Prometheus” for
Elements of Mythology and Theme 190

Lesson 10 Drafting an Analytical Mini-Essay 197
Using Partner Talk and Graphic Organizers to Guide Thinking

Lesson 11 Mid-Unit 2 Assessment 203
Writing an Analytical Mini-Essay about Mythological Elements and Theme

Lesson 12 Determining Theme 209
Reading Myths in “Expert Groups”

Lesson 13 Connecting the Theme of the Expert Group
Myth to a Theme in The Lightning Thief and to Life Lessons 218

Lesson 14 Building Writing Skills 225
Receiving Feedback and Varying Sentence Structures

Lesson 15 Planning for Writing 233
Revisiting “Key Elements of Mythology” and Determining a Theme in the Myth of Cronus

Lesson 16 Planning for Writing 238
Studying Model Writing and Determining a Theme in The Lightning Thief

Lesson 17 Planning for Writing 245
Introduction and Conclusion of a Literary Analysis

Lesson 18 Launching the End-of-Unit Assessment 252
Drafting Literary Analysis

Lesson 19 Peer Critique and Pronoun Mini-Lesson 257
Revising Draft Literary Analysis (Receiving Feedback and Varying Sentence Structures)

Lesson 20 End-of-Unit Assessment, Part 2 264
Final Draft of Literary Analysis

Unit 3 269

Unit Overview My Hero’s Journey Narrative 269
Elements and Theme of Mythology in The Lightning Thief

Lesson 1 “The Hero’s Journey” 278
Using a Graphic Organizer to Deconstruct Percy Jackson’s Hero’s Journey and Plan a New Hero’s Journey Narrative

Lesson 2 “The Hero’s Journey” 286
Analyzing a Model Narrative and Continuing to Plan a New Hero’s Journey Narrative

Lesson 3 Mid-Unit Assessment and Establishing a Context for My Hero’s Journey Narrative 294

Lesson 4 Writing 302
Getting Feedback, Setting Goals, and Drafting

Lesson 5 Writing to Show, Not Tell 308
Dialogue, Sensory Words, and Strong Action Verbs

Lesson 6 Writing 314
Analyzing the Conclusion of “The Golden Key” and Drafting a Compelling Conclusion for the Hero’s Journey Narrative

Lesson 7 End-of-Unit Assessment 321
Final Draft of Hero’s Journey Narrative

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Author Information

PCG Education, a division of Public Consulting Group, works with schools, districts, and state education agencies to build their capacity for instructional and programmatic improvements. We provide curriculum development, coaching, professional development, and technical assistance services. Our work alongside educators and policy makers ensures effective implementation of both the Common Core State Standards and state-specific standards for college and career readiness.

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