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Exploring Personal Identity and Character ELA Unit Class (Montessori Inspired)

Elissa Pugh, MA & MEd
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During this 8-week class, learners will explore the ideas of personal identity and examine shorter texts from various genres—nonfiction, poetry, spoken word, and short stories—in which diverse characters explore their identities.

Class Experience

US Grade 6 - 9
Aligned with Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
16 lessons//8 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Identity Charts
Lesson 2
Identity and Introversion
 Week 2
Lesson 3
My Honest Poem Writing Activity
Lesson 4
My Honest Poem Writing Activity
 Week 3
Lesson 5
Identity Readings and Discussion
Lesson 6
Identity Readings and Writing Prompt
 Week 4
Lesson 7
Hexagonal Discussion
Lesson 8
Identity Readings and Discussion
 Week 5
Lesson 9
Identity Readings and Writing Prompt
Lesson 10
"Hair" Discussion and Writing Prompt
 Week 6
Lesson 11
Disability Rights and Identity
Lesson 12
Revisit Hexagonal Discussion
 Week 7
Lesson 13
Personal Identity Narrative/Reflection Introduction
Lesson 14
Socratic Seminar Prep
 Week 8
Lesson 15
Socratic Seminar
Lesson 16
Personal Identity Narrative/Reflection Sharing
This class is taught in English.
  • Educational Goals and Specific Learning Outcomes: Essential Questions • What is identity, both personal and social? How are those identities sometimes in conflict with each other? • What factors impact how and when we can fully be our authentic selves? • How can shorter texts from different voices, cultures, and experiences help us examine our own identities? Vocabulary • text-based • abstraction • abate • brittle • counterfactual • concede • confer • defiant • deride • dissipate • existential • formidable • freight • frivolous • gravitas • inherent • inalienable • inane • litany • menagerie • misanthrope • mundane • paradox • pensive • pundit • reclamation • temperament • tinny • translucent • wallow Literary Terms • diction • ethos • figurative language • first person • flashback • imagery • logos • metaphor • mood • motif • narrative • point of view • pathos • personification • rhetoric • rhyme • scheme • second person • simile • stanza • structure • symbol • third person limited • theme • third person omniscient • third person • tone Core Standards L.9-10.1 L.9-10.2 L.9-10.5 RI.9-10.1 RI.9-10.2 RI.9-10.3 RI.9-10.4 RI.9-10.5 RI.9-10.6 RI.9-10.7 RL.9-10.1 RL.9-10.2 RL.9-10.3 RL.9-10.4 RL.9-10.5 RL.9-10.6 SL.9-10.1 SL.9-10.1.a SL.9-10.1.b SL.9-10.1.c SL.9-10.1.d SL.9-10.3 SL.9-10.6 W.9-10.1 W.9-10.2 W.9-10.2.d W.9-10.3 W.9-10.4 W.9-10.5 W.9-10.9 W.9-10.10 Supporting Standards L.9-10.1 L.9-10.2 L.9-10.6 RI.9-10.1 RI.9-10.2 RI.9-10.9 RI.9-10.10 RL.9-10.1 RL.9-10.2 RL.9-10.4 RL.9-10.5 RL.9-10.10 SL.9-10.1 SL.9-10.4 SL.9-10.6 W.9-10.1 W.9-10.9 W.9-10.10
***This class is modeled on the thematic and cyclical approach seen in many adolescent Montessori classroom environments.***
I am a trained and experienced Montessori teacher.  I believe in individualized, student-led education.
Homework Offered
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Formal assessments, such as quizzes and tests, will not be given. Learners will be assessed through observation, discussions, and writing activities.
Grades Offered
Grades and/or a certificate of completion can be provided by request.
I strive to meet all learners where they are by providing empathetic support, accommodations, and adjustments whenever needed.  I am happy to answer any questions or discuss any concerns a student and/or parent may have.
Joined November, 2019
Teacher expertise and credentials
Master's Degree in Education
Master's Degree in English

I'm excited to teach English, Language Arts, and Social Studies through Outschool.  I've been teaching in one form or another for over twenty years. I have taught all ages from early childhood to adult in public, private, and higher... 
Group Class


weekly or $240 for 16 classes
2x per week, 8 weeks
55 min

Live video meetings
Ages: 11-16
4-14 learners per class

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