CLAVES Lesson Plans

CLAVES lesson plans are designed around the selection of texts that carry big ideas about controversial topics. Students are challenged to consider their stance on the topic. Each unit is comprised of two 5-day, text-based lesson cycles, and one 2-day writing cycle. See below for an overview of the unit structure, guiding questions for Units 1 and 2, and links to each unit.

5-day text cycle (2 text cycles per unit)

Days 1&2

Vocabulary & Reading

Day 3

Morphological Awareness

Day 4

Syntactic awareness instruction

Day 5

Small group discussion

3-day writing cycle (1 per unit)

Day 1


Day 2

Drafting and Revising

Day 3