10-session academic reading and writing curriculum for upper elementary and middle school

(with Medusa text as sample text)

  1. Introduction to the course and personal narratives
    Medusa’s story
  2. Defining goals and vocabulary in context
  3. Identifying the main idea
    Core writing assignment – Athena and Medusa
  4. Building support through strength
    Vicitim or Hero
    Kindness or Cruelty
  5. Patterns of organization and planning
    Taking a stand
  6. Examining relationships in texts
    Athena’s other personal battles
  7. Critical thinking
    Medusa’s sisters
  8. Applied knowledge
    Assessing the argument
  9. Personal hero narratives
    Application of archetypes
  10. Culminating assessments and wrap up