Grade 12 ELA Module 1, Unit 2, Lesson 1

As part of a study of narrative writing, class members analyze how Leslie Marmon Silko structures the beginning, and orients and engages readers in her narrative, "Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit."

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Collect and project images of the Laguna Pueblo reservation 
Classroom Considerations

  • The unit builds on a previous one that introduces the college essay assignment and uses The Autobiography of Malcolm X as a model of narrative writing
  • The first of a six-lesson narrative writing unit that uses Leslie Marmon Silko's "Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit" as an anchor text
  • In addition to the analysis of Silk's essay, as part of the unit class members work on the draft of their college application essay and prepare for the college interview
Pros

  • The nine-page packet includes the plan, discussion questions with model responses, and a homework assignment
  • Designed for Common Core
Cons

  • No bridge is provided from the reading of Silko's essay to the college interview homework assignment