Grade 9-10 literacy: The power of new media unit

This document includes complete instructional guidelines for the 9th - 10th grade literacy educator, as well as annotated student work.

The Power of New Media is the culminating Common Core-aligned task in a 2-3 week unit that uses the topic of new media and its impact on youth to and on the world as a means to teach students how to analyze and investigate informational texts. Students demonstrate their mastery of the content and their ability to synthesize information across texts by writing an essay on the effects of media use on young people. This task asks students to write an argumentative essay in which they state and defend a position on the effects of media use on young people, using evidence and reasoning from texts and other sources.