Today we begin our second unit, and we will explore these essential questions through key pieces of American literature as well as contemporary informational texts.  We will also engage in informational writing, narrative writing, and creative compositions.

Today we completed Writer’s Notebook 8 ( see Writers Notebook 8 11th ELA ) as we engaged in noticings and literary analysis of our mentor text, “Where I’m From”, by George Ella Lyon. Kentucky’s 2015-16 Poet Laureate.

We then visited reading stations exploring nationally recognized “Where I’m From” poems from teens all around the United States.  Students picked a favorite poem from each station to analyze and completed a graphic organizer.  We then participated in a gallery walk and ended with individual 3-2-1 reflections.  If you were absent, please catch up with the resources in this post.

Folder of Resources for the Poetry Reading Stations and Gallery Walk


Students also received a copy of our working calendar for the rest of the month.  Please note the dates and deadlines.  In addition, I have once again provided students a copy of the links and codes for our Remind class accounts, Vocabulary.com, and NoRedInk.com class accounts.  The current module work in each of these platforms is due at 11:59 PM Saturday, September 30.