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Language Arts - Secondary Curriculum English Language Arts Grade 11-12
Lesson Plans

Language Standard 2

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
  • American Dream and The Great Gatsby
    This lesson extends over several class periods. Students analyze the claim, grounds, warrants, qualifiers and counterclaims in three articles about the American Dream. Students conduct research and find two additional articles about the American Dream. Students then analyze the argument in those articles. Finally, students write their own argument essay about the current state of the American Dream.
  • Classical Appeals and War Speeches
    This set of lessons extends over several days. Students watch a Prezi and take notes about the classical appeals (ethos, pathos, and logos). Students then read and annotate (focusing on the classical appeals) Winston Churchill's "Be Ye Men of Valour" and Franklin Delano Roosevelt's "Pearl Harbor Address to the Nation." Students work in groups to complete a graphic organizer which helps them analyze the classical appeals in the speeches. Finally, students write an analysis of ethos, pathos, and logos in one of the speeches.

    *You may want to use my Structure and Detail in "A Long Thin Line" - English 11 lesson as a follow-up lesson.

  • Summary and "The Fallacy of Success"
    This set of lessons extends over several days. Students work with a partner to read and annotate G.K. Chesterton's "The Fallacy of Success." Students take notes which summarize each section of the text. Students write an objective summary of the text, identifying two claims and determining how those claims are developed in the text.
  • Toulmin Argument Essay
    This lesson extends over several class periods. Students view a Prezi presentation on Toulmin's argument and complete an assignment based on the presentation. Students then write an argument essay about the power of prevailing passion over reason.


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