2) I would like the lesson plan to able to extend over a 2-3 day period (about 3 hours total).
4) I would like the lesson to be teachable to at-risk students, so students who are difficult to engage.
http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ (Common Core State Standards)
http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/documents/finalelaccssstandards.pdf (ELA Content Standards)
http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/documents/englangdevstnd.pdf (English Language Development Standards for California Public Schools (1999)).
As you briefly summarize a standards-based writing lesson that could be taught to 11th graders, I like the idea of a lesson called "I Have a Dream." writing prompt/writing process lesson. Students can write an informative piece about their dreams for social justice, anti-gangs, personal or career aspirations, environmental awareness, etc. This unit can be made into options, so students who are poets, songwriters, or rappers can also structure their final product into a creative writing piece. Students can formulate a 2-paged essay, song, story, or rap (or whatever length you wish ) to express their own dream after studying MLK's or President Obama's speeches, speeches by Maya Angelo or any famous writer/orator, or after reading a play about dreams from Lorraine Hansberry, Arthur Miller, etc.
By giving the students a choice of the product, it motivates the reluctant writers, ...
500 words of ideas are incorporated to briefly summarize a standards-based writing lesson for an 11th grader social studies plan.