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Text Set Directions and Exemplar


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From my round table at "The Vision of ALAN: Rationales and Strategies for Using Young Adult Literature in Secondary Classrooms" an ALAN-sponsored session at NCTE17 which focused on the vision of ALAN. Five roundtables, each hosted by a past chair of the Walden Award, focused on different young adult literature (YAL) topics including the literary merit of YAL, using YAL in the classroom, and research supporting YAL. Attendees will be free to move to the roundtable of their choosing, and will have opportunities to switch tables/topics during the session. Roundtable leader(s) will provide materials for attendees to take back to their school sites, including book lists, teaching strategies, and rationales for challenged titles. My round tables topic was Text Sets.

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Text Set Directions and Exemplar

  1. 1. HOPE Text Set Created by Kellee Moye, Mark Letcher, Lois Stover Resource: Goodman, Jane. Text Sets: Providing Possibilities for Adolescent Readers. Presentation at IRA. What are text sets? Text sets are collections of resources from different genre, media, and levels of reading difficulty that are designed to be supportive of the learning of readers with a range of experiences and interests. A text-set collection focuses on one concept or topic and can include includes multiple genres such as books, charts and maps, informational pamphlets, short stories, poetry and songs, photographs, non-fiction books, almanacs or encyclopedias. Cunningham, Katie and Chris. (2014) For Grade 5: Topic Essential Questions Texts Genres, Modes Empathy and Compassion How well can you ever “know” another person? What do we all share as members of the human race? Is empathy possible when there are differences between people? Wonder by RJ Palacio Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskin Migrant Mother photos by Dorothea Lange The Power of Empathy RSA Short Film by Brene Brown Realistic fiction novels Photographs Animated Short Film For Grade 8: Topic Essential Questions Texts Genres, Modes Humanity What defines humanity? Why are humans capable of great compassion and great terror towards one another? What can we learn about others and ourselves when we believe in humanity? Humans of New York Photoblog This I Believe essay “Speak Up” by Jay Franston “What Makes Us Human? Cooking, Study Says” by Nicholas Mott, National Geographic News Photoblog Essay Informational article
  2. 2. “Theme for English B” by Langston Hughes “So Much Happiness” by Naomi Shihab Poetry For Grade 10: Topic Essential Questions Texts Genres, Modes Hope What does hope look like in different situations? How central is hope to human physical, emotional, and mental health? Can people be taught to have a positive approach to life? Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (character focused) Glory O’Brien’s History of Future by A.S. King (societal with a bit of character focus) All American Boys by Jason Reynolds (character & societal focus intertwined) “Imagine” by John Lennon (societal focus) “Black America’s Promised Land: Why I am Still a Racial Optimist” by Randall Kennedy, The American Prospect “Hope is not blind optimism” speech by Barack Obama, 2008 caucus speech Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell Historical Fiction Young Adult Novel Magical Realism Young Adult Novel Realistic Fiction Young Adult Novel Song/Lyrics Magazine Article Speech Picture book
  3. 3. Creating a Text Set Directionscreated by Dr. Ricki Ginsberg ofColorado State University for her Young Adult Literature course In order to engage readers in an integrated, comprehensive, and balanced reading program, it is important to select texts from a wide range of sources. Once you choose a theme for your text set, include: 1. A title that captures the overarching theme of your text set. 2. A one-two paragraph introduction that includes why you chose your theme, its importance, and your process for designing the text set. 3. An anchor text. (Or, you may also choose to include several texts to be used as literature circle texts.) This anchor text must be different than the text you are using for Wendy's unit. You might consider using a different text you will be teaching next semester. 4. The text set! Include a variety of different types of texts. The more creative, the better! Please use the exemplar as a model for formatting your text set. 5. A set of guiding questions for your theme. 6. A set of writing prompts for journal writing, free writing, essay writing, etc. Exemplar text set on pages 4-7 Other examples can be found at during the TEXT SETS FOR TEACHERS series which can be found by searching “text sets.”
  4. 4. Text Set: Student Exemplar by Casey Cunningham (UConn, Fall 2013) The Moral Quarrel: Looking at Morality and Ethics through The Kite Runner The Text Set Novel (Anchor Text) The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini Graphic Novel The Kite Runner: Graphic Novel by Khaled Hosseini Videos/Clips Kite Fighting Video: Kite Running Video: “’Designer Babies’ Ethical?”: “Animal Morality Research Suggests We All Have Complex Emotions“: research_n_1859579.html Poems The River of Winged Dreams: Aberjhani “A Code of Morals”: Rudyard Kipling Internet Sources Ethnic Groups of Afghanistan: “Kohlberg Dilemmas”: Morality in Different Religions: Buddhist Ethics: Experimenting on Animals: Death Penalty: Timelines Timeline of Afghanistan: Histories History of Influence of Afghanistan:
  5. 5. Charts The Six Pillars of Character “The Ten Commandments Compared” (Jewish, Catholic, Protestant): “Moral Issues Raised by Artificial Insemination”: Essays “A Modest Proposal” by Jonathan Swift Guiding Questions and Writing Prompts: What is a “Good” Person? Guiding Questions: - Are there certain acts in the world that are always good and always bad? - How do you develop your moral code? Through religion? The Media? Peers? Family? Culture? - What is the difference between Ethics and Morality? - How does society portray “Goodness?” - Are there certain circumstances where it is okay to act differently? - Is logic or emotion more important when making a decision? - Do “Good” people always do “Good” things? Writing Prompts: - Are YOU “Good?” What makes you/someone you know “Good?” - Make a list of things you think are “wrong” and those you think are “right” and number them in terms of importance (1= most important). - Pick a morally controversial topic, write from the perspective of someone dealing with this moral issue and explain how you would handle it. - After reading The Kite Runner have your beliefs on morality and ethics changed at all? Explain why or why not.