I’ve updated (11/03/2012) to remove broken links to old QCC-based lesson plans and direct educators to the current CCGPS-based units in American literature. There are four thematic units in all, but you will also find unit, assignment, and assessment ideas for 9th and 10th grade literature and composition, British literature, World literature, and Multicultural Literature.
Georgia’s Common Core-Aligned ELA Unit Resources
Please visit the Georgia DOE’s Georgia Standards site for the most up-to-date, CCGPS-aligned lesson plans for grades 9-12.
Though I would still modify much, including the thematic unit titles, the model units present an abundance of helpful complementery informational and literary texts (with links!) and instructional strategies and ideas. I’ve only linked to American and British Literature units because the Multicultural units only repeat what you will find there.
Unit 1: Reading focus: Literary; Extended text: Arthur Miller’s The Crucible; Theme: Fear and Persecution in Early American Literature
Unit 2: Reading focus: Informational; Extended text: Henry Thoreau’s Walden; Theme: The Individual versus Society
Unit 3: Reading focus: Literary; Extended text: F. Scott Fitzerald’s The Great Gatsby; Theme: The Aftermath of Destruction: Reconstructing the American Dream
Unit 4: Reading focus: Information; Extended text: Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner’s Freakonomics; Theme: Modern Times, Modern Issues
Unit 1: Reading focus: Literary; Extended text: William Shakespeare’s Macbeth; Theme: A Royal Mess: An Examination of the Lives, Scandals, and Impact of Britain’s Most Notorious and Noteworthy Kings and Queens
Unit 2: Reading focus: Information; Extended text: Bill Bryson’s Shakespeare: The World as Stage; Theme: The World as Stage: How Art Imitates Life
Unit 3: Reading focus: Literary; Extended text: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; Theme: Good and Evil in Literature
Unit 4: Reading focus: Informational; Extended text: Simon Winchester’s The Professor and the Madman; Theme: The Language of Our Lives
Virtual Library of Conceptual Units
For even more great ideas, you will want to visit Smagorinsky’s Virtual Library of Conceptual Units. You won’t leave disappointed.