Move on from the dusty text books of classic essays in your bookroom and inspire your students with essays and creative writing published TODAY. In this series of lessons we use the website medium.com to access a wide variety of texts published on line. Students, read, share with a partner, analyse, present, and subsequently write a piece of their choice which they publish either publicly or unlisted. It offers students an opportunity to see how writers are publishing on line, the incredible range of topics that are being explored, and to see themselves as consumers of current writing and as writers themselves.
ELA 10-12 Composition: Comprehend and connect reading - for enjoyment and to achieve personal goals; Recognize and appreciate how various forms, structures, and features of texts reflect a variety of purposes, audiences and messages; Think critically, creatively and reflectively to explore ideas within between and beyond texts; Recognize how language constructs personal social and cultural identity; Evaluate how literary elements, techniques and devices enhance and shape meaning and impact; Recognize an increasing range of text structures and how they contribute to meaning.
Create and communicate (writing, speaking, and representing) - Use writing and design processes to plan, develop, and create engaging and meaningful literary, imaginative, and informational texts for a variety of purposes and audiences; Reflect on, assess, and refine texts to improve their clarity, effectiveness and impact according to purpose, audience and message; Transform ideas and information to create original texts, using new or unfamiliar genres, forms, structures and styles. ELA New Media 10-12 - Recognize the complexities of digital citizenship; Evaluate how literary elements as well as specific new media techniques and devices enhance and shape meaning and impact.
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