11th Units

11th Grade Language and Literature Unit Planner

Unit 1: Transformation: August - September

  1. Unit Description:
    1. Students will explore how literary and nonliterary texts relate to other texts. Students will examine the intertextuality in television, music, poetry, and short stories to analyze how authors refer to other texts to create meaning.
  2. Inquiry & Purpose
    1. Transfer Goals
      1. Students will be able to recognize how texts can build meaning by extending, recreating, or referring to other texts.
    2. Essential Understandings
      1. Students will understand the interconnectedness of texts and how texts create meaning by alluding to other texts. Students will analyze textual features and the author's stylistic choices in order to develop meaning.
    3. Inquiry Questions
      1. Concept-Based Questions
        1. To what extent does one text influence another in order to create meaning?
        2. How do conventions and systems of reference evolve over time?
        3. How does intertextuality play a role in creating meaning?
  3. Aims
    1. Encourage students to think critically about the different interactions between texts, audiences, and purpose.
    2. Encourage students to appreciate stylistic and aesthetic qualities of a text
  4. Objectives
    1. Knowledge and understanding
      1. Demonstrate an understanding and the use of language, structure, technique, and style
    2. Application and analysis
      1. Demonstrate an ability to analyze the effects of language, structure, technique, and style
  5. Content
    1. Students will analyze a variety of nonliterary and literary texts: Pop culture, poetry, intertextuality:
      1. Margaret Atwood’s poetry: "Sirens", "Helen of Troy"…, "Cyclops," "Orpheus,"
      2. Pop Culture: Music and TV; Simpsons, Family Guy, The Office & the Hobbit episode
      3. Short stories: "The Music Room" by Stephen King & photography from Edward Hopper
  6. Skills
    1. Students will demonstrate a convincing analysis and evaluation of textual features and the author’s broader choices in relation to the chosen topic.
    2. When the student produces his/her own imaginative texts, the student will make perceptive stylistic choices in terms of linguistic, literary and visual devices, demonstrating good awareness of the impact on an audience.
    3. Students will carefully choose their language to be precise, clear, and grammatically current considering their register and style are appropriate to the task.
  7. Concepts
    1. Intertextuality
      1. Intertextuality is when a work’s meaning is influenced by another work such as mythology, literature, movies, television, fairy tales, poetry, etc. Writers choose to convey ideas about a similar topic from a new perspective OR a new topic imitating the author’s unique style and language.
      2. Types of intertextuality: students will analyze intertextuality in pop culture (songs, television), literature, and poetry.
        1. Allusions: Use an extended allusion to convey new meaning, a reference to a movie, mythology, literature, etc.
        2. Parody: Imitate the author’s style in an exaggerated, mocking way
        3. Pastiche: Imitate the author’s style in a respectful way by changing an aspect of the story: point of view, ending, change protagonist from male to female, setting, etc. You also could imitate the author’s style and language with a new topic.
        4. Fan Fiction: Imitate the author’s style in a respectful way by extending the story or showing a different perspective of one of the characters
        5. Modernized Retelling of a Story: Imitate the author’s style in a respectful way in a modern setting
    2. Assessment criteria
      1. CRITERION B: Analysis and evaluation of author’s choice (author’s technique/style/craft)
        1. Essential Questions: To what extent does the candidate analyse and evaluate how the choices of language, technique and style, and/or broader authorial choices shape meaning in relation to the chosen topic? To what extent does the analysis show an awareness of how stylistic features of the texts, such as language, structure, tone, technique and style, are used to construct meaning?
      2. CRITERION B: Producing a text with stylistic choices original writing
        1. Essential Questions: To what extent does the student make stylistic choices aware of the impact on the audience?
      3. CRITERION D: LANGUAGE (preciseness, vocabulary, varied sentence construction, register, terminology, grammar)
        1. Essential Questions: How clear, varied and accurate is the language? How appropriate is the choice of register and style? (“Register” refers, in this context, to the candidate’s use of elements such as vocabulary, tone, sentence structure and terminology appropriate to the analysis).