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  • Language Arts > General
  • Language Arts > Listening & Speaking
  • Language Arts > Literature
  • Language Arts > Reading Comprehension
  • Language Arts > Research
  • Language Arts > Story Telling
  • Language Arts > Vocabulary
  • Language Arts > Writing
  • Social Studies > General
  • Social Studies > State History
  • Social Studies > United States History

Education Levels:

  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12


American Literature John Smith New England



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Curriki Rating
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On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2009-08-13.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 2
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

This is a comprehensive, material-rich interdisciplinary unit that revolves around the novel Seeking the Nightingale, a work of historical fiction set in medieval Japan. Students engage in WebQuests to research significant historical and cultural aspects of Japan and then, in teams, create presentations that demonstrate the connection between a selected literary theme and their research. This is a truly student-centered project and the activities, worksheets, and directions reflect this emphasis. Each element of the unit is clearly explained and reinforced with graphic organizers to capture work. Highlights include reading guides, vocabulary activities, an essay topic for Socratic seminar, an expert jigsaw, and rubrics for individual and peer work. This is a model unit and could be used in middle or higher grades. A few links were inaccessible or not found at the time of this review.
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This resource received a 3* rating because it is part of American Literature, which received a rating of 3-Exemplary in the Curriki Review System and which you can see here: http://www.curriki.org/xwiki/bin/view/Coll_Emilyboyle/AmericanLiteratureCourseOverview

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