New type of English Lit assignment - Grant Writing. Learn about a great lesson idea that allows High School students to write, present and defend a proposal for a grant. Covers Common Core Standards for English Language Arts.
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Now this is what I'm talking about!
If literary reading has value in the 21st century, then providing learning experiences for our students helping them to discover absolutely real-world relevance to that value is a must.
This is an "A++" learning experience. The rubric evaluation need go no further than one student's comment that this was a lesson she would remember for the rest of her life.
One element that I found particularly impressive in light of the Common Core division of reading into Literary Reading and Informational Reading and all of the controversy as well as misunderstandings on both sides of that controversary, is that this assignment meets requirements for both types of reading and brings the value of each together in a project that engages students by emphasizing the relevance of each kind of reading to the other in the real world because neither fiction alone nor facts alone is enough.
We need not assume that the Informational Reading our students do in their English classes be treated as reading "true stuff' disconnected to storytelling. Both are necessary elements for living in the real world and can be perceived as being relevant and thereby engaging, particularly when linked together in innovative projects such as this.
The wisdom of literary reading and the facts of Informational reading need not be two separate coins. They ought to be considered two sides of the same coin. And, that single coin might be the most valuable coin of the 21st century realm.
And be sure to notice in the right hand column that several resources are provided for bringing this project ot your classroom.