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If you had a classroom of students that were pre-assessed to have low reading, writing and digital skills -- skills vital for college success -- how would you prepare lessons for these students to be ready for a college campus? Is this unit creative enough for students to be engaged with a text like Dante's Comedy which includes difficult themes such as religion, morality and historical ideas?
Dante Semester Unit Designed to Get Students with Low-Level Reading and Digital Skills to Master Common Core and Regents Expectations While Learning Important 21st Century Skills
Problem of practice
How can I create a differentiated semester unit that diverse classrooms of mostly Levels 1&2 ELA Readers with little 21st century digital skills can comprehend and understand complex themes/elements/ideas of Dante's Comedy by mastering Common Core College Readiness Standards for Reading, Writing, and Speaking, practicing ELA Regents skills, and developing technological skills? How can I create assessments that helps low-level students write effective claims that include textual evidence?
I created 10 differentiated sub-units that challenged students to: compare our world with Dante's by analyzing our own society and pop culture; develop 21st century skills; and stengthen writing claims through use of textual evidence.
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