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Resources: SAT wiki page; ACT wiki page; Grammar wiki page

Enduring Understandings
  • the content and format of the SAT and the ACT reading and writing sections
  • different strategies that can help improve scores on these tests
  • the qualities of an effective rhetorical analysis essay

Essential Questions
  • What are the qualities of an effective rhetorical analysis essay?
  • How does a speaker use rhetoric to convey his/her message?
  • What is the format of the SAT test?
  • What strategies and skills are necessary to perform well on the SAT writing and reading tests?
  • How is a thesis defended with specific references?

1. Review qualities of effective rhetorical analyses.
2. Complete SAT type reading comprehension, writing exercises.
3. Practice and score SAT tests.
4. Complete the SAT scoring exercise with a group of students.
5. Score and annotate your own SAT essay.

Common Assessment

SAT practice 4 completed

2. The College Essay

Resources: Teen Ink, college websites with sample college essays, Chausseclasses College essay page
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Enduring Understanding

  • A college essay must capture who you are
  • Exceptional college essays are unique, a work only you could produce.
  • Exceptional college essays show the reader with specific captured moments who the writer is.
  • Participating in peer review, teacher conferences and writing workshop are important components of the writing process.

Essential Questions

  • What is the purpose of the college essay?
  • What makes a college application essay exceptional?
  • What are effective strategies and rhetorical strategies for writing this essay?
  • How is the writing process used when writing the college essay?
  • How can a writer show rather than tell in an essay?
  • How does the college essay reveal something about you beyond the other components of the supplication?


1. Read college application essay examples on college websites, College Board, Teen Ink. Evaluate the essays and share your evaluations and the essays with your classmates.
2. View videos by college admissions officers and investigative journalists about the college application and the essay.
3. Actively read and annotate articles on college admissions.
4. Participate in the Public Interview and other topic idea exercises.
5. Participate in peer review, peer conferencing, teacher student conference, whole class writing workshops, turnitin peer editing
6. Revise essays for publication and class read a round.

Common Assessment

Revised College Essay

external image k6543638.jpg3. The College Process : Supplements, Resume, Selection, Recommendation Letters

Resources: Various websites on chausseclasses.wikispaces.com

Enduring Understandings

  • Many different factors must be considered before students decide what schools and programs are right for them.
  • College websites, resources such as College Board Big Future provide tools that can assist with the college application process.
  • Organized resources including a resume with a list of activities, volunteer work and skills will make the college application and scholarship application process easier.

Essential Questions

  • How will a college know that you are the right student for the school?
  • What type of college will be best for you?
  • What is required for the college application?
  • What format is used to write a formal letter or a professional email?
  • What is a resume?
  • What should be in a resume and how should the resume be formatted?


1. Determine characteristics of colleges that appeal to you;
2. Explore two or three colleges of interest: college websites, stats on college search engines including College Board, Unigo
3. Write an essay comparing the two colleges.
4. Write an essay explaining why you want to go to one of the colleges.
5. Create a resume.
6. Write a formal letter of recommendation for a classmate.
7. Write a supplemental essay for one of your college applications.

Common Assessment:

Short essay on why I want to go to a specific college

4. Investigating Rhetorical Patterns

Resources: They Say, I Say by Graff, Birkenstein, Durst, The River Reader by Trimmer resources are posted on chausseclasses

Enduring Understandingexternal image poster.jpg

  • Actively reading a text will improve comprehension.
  • Identifying the purpose of a text is essential to full understanding of the text.
  • Identifying and understanding the rhetoric of the text will help you to understand the text and write a meaningful response to the text.
  • A response must have an arguable thesis statement.
  • A response should have well developed paragraphs with specific references to the text supporting the thesis.
  • Rhetorical elements enhance the defense of an argument
  • Appropriate clear graphics can facilitate comprehension of the text.

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  • How does a thesis bind an essay?
  • How does one formulate a meaningful response to an essay?
  • How can I effectively integrate other people's words into my own writing?
  • How does one correctly implement MLA citations?
  • How does the intended audience affect the tone, content and rhetorical strategies and devices in a text?
  • How does voice affect writing?
  • How are the rhetorical appeals, strategies and devices used to convey meaning and fulfill purpose in texts?
  • What are the qualities of the following rhetorical patterns: definition, description, process analysis, comparison-contrast?
  • How can a graphic facilitate the comprehension of the text?


external image 9ea3aff83e0395c7dd9f6f1bdb14e5d1.jpg1. Read various essays and analyze model essays.
2. Write a definition essay.
3. Write a description essay.
4. Write a process analysis essay.
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5. Write a comparison-contrast essay.

Common Assessment

Write an essay using one of the above-mentioned formulas.

5. Narrative Non-fiction

Resources: Riverside Reader, The River Reader by Trimmer, “The Stranger in the Photo” by Donald Murray

Enduring Understanding

  • Quality personal writing has a message or a purpose that is conveyed through personal experience.
  • Showing rather than telling strengthens the personal essay.
  • Peer conferencing, class writing workshops and student teacher conferences enrich the revision process and the final product.
  • A quality piece requires multiple revisions.
  • Everyone has an interesting story to tell - it’s all in the telling.

Essential Questions

  • What are the characteristics of a quality memoir or exceptional personal narrative?
  • How does personal experience convey meaning?
  • What makes an exceptional college essay?
  • How is revision important to the writing process?


  • Read and analyze the “Stranger in the Photo” essay by Donald Murray.external image img17.gif
  • Bring five photos of their younger selves to class.
  • Write an essay on one of the photos similar to Murray’s reflection.
  • Read a variety of personal essays. Choose one exceptional college essay for a blog entry analysis. Read classmates’ blog entries and the essays they chose.
  • Read a memoir.
  • Write a personal essay. After peer and teacher conferencing and multiple revisions, share the essay with classmates to receive further feedback before submitting the final draft.
  • Interview someone outside of Morgan. Compose a narrative based on his/her experiences. Publish the completed narrative.

Common Assessment

  • Write and publish a memoir.


6. Speeches

Resources: Ample material and links are provided on Chausseclasses.

American Reader, 6 Minutes website, Great American Speeches website, YouTube, 100 Speeches of the 20th Century website, Great American Documents speeches, Rhetorical Devices: A Handbook and Activities for Student Writers by Brendan McGuigan

Enduring Understanding
  • Rhetorical appeals, strategies, and devices enhance the spoken word
  • Awareness of logical fallacies
  • A speech must appeal to the interests of the audience.
  • Practice and the study of great speeches will help you create a memorable, meaningful speech.
  • The parameters of a formal debate

Essential Questions

  • external image memorize-speeches.jpgWhat are the criteria for effective public speaking?
  • How does the intended audience affect the tone and the appeal of a speech?
  • How is delivery of a speech perfected?
  • What are the parameters of a formal debate?


1.Students will be able to identify and employ the following rhetorical devices: anadiplosis, anaphora, antithesis, chiasmus, apostrophe, parallel structure, rule of threes.
2. Investigate logical fallacies.
3. Find examples of exceptional speeches to analyze and to share with the class.
2. Watch, discuss and analyze speeches delivered by Martin Luther King, Steve Jobs, Randy Pausch, and other Ted Talk speeches.
3. Choose a topic for a speech for their classmates.
4. Write a speech; present the speech to peers in a writing workshop, revise the speech
5. Analyze the rhetoric employed in the speech and explain why it is effective.
6. Practice presenting the speech to peers and family members.
7. Deliver the speech.

Common Assessment

  • Compose and deliver a speech OR participate in a debate.

7. Writing the Persuasive Essay

Resources: American Reader, The Riverside Reader, They Say, I Say

Enduring Understandings

  • Effective argument can involve ethos, pathos, logos.
  • Effective written argument often includes the same rhetorical devices as effective speeches.
  • Text evidence, including paraphrased ideas, must be cited appropriately.

Essential Questions

  • How can I craft the most persuasive argument?
  • How do I accurately cite information gleaned from outside sources?


  • Read model persuasive essays.
  • Craft a defensible thesis statement.
  • Develop a written argument.
  • Peer-review a persuasive essay.
  • Self-review a persuasive essay.

Common Assessment

  • Compose a persuasive essay

8. Analyzing FictionResources: Discussion Circle Rubric, works of fiction in the Grade 11-CCR text-complexity band

Enduring Understanding
  • Effective participation in a discussion involves preparation, synthesis, evaluation, significant contributions, collaboration and engagement.
  • Reading actively will improve my comprehension.
  • My opinions concerning a work of fiction are part of a larger dialogue.
  • Author make deliberate choices about how to craft a piece of fiction effectively.
  • Effectively manipulated text evidence helps to create a more persuasive argument.

Essential Questions
  • How does one participate effectively in a discussion of a work of fiction?
  • How does one cite strong and thorough evidence to
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  • How do the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a work of fiction impact the text?
  • How does one effectively articulate his/her opinions
    concerning a work of fiction?

  • Read, annotate, and analyze works of fiction.
  • Compose a reader response to a piece of fiction.
  • Actively participate in a discussion related to a piece of fiction.

Common Assessment
  • Participate in a scored discussion with department-created rubric.

9. Life Beyond Morgan: Business Writing

Resources: interview rubric, OWL Purdue website, Monster, Craigslist, CT Jobs website

Enduring Understandings
  • People will see me as a more viable candidate if I present myself in a professional manner, both on paper and in person.

Essential Questions

  • How does one write a business letter?
  • How does one write a resume?
  • Where can I look for job opportunities?
  • How does one compose a professional email?
  • How does one prepare for an interview?

  • Invite members of the community in to speak with students about the world of work.
  • Choose a job that you are qualified for now, and go through the process of applying for that job.
  • Choose a job that you hope to be qualified for in five-ten years, and go through the process of applying for that job.
  • Participate in mock interviews.

Common Assessment
  • Formal cover letter and resume