Students are now in the home stretch of our reading program. The final unit is all about the genre of Historical Fiction! This is such an exciting unit because the students will be working in book clubs that will focus on a particular historical era. Some examples of historical eras that will be an area of focus are:
- Trail of Tears
- Westward Expansion
- Civil War
- Gold Rush
- Underground Railroad
- Civil Rights
- Women's Rights
- The Great Depression
Within each of these "eras" students will be focused on two different timelines; a personal timeline of the character and the historical timeline. Students who understand how the historical timeline affects the personal timeline will help them better understand why characters make the decisions that might be different from how they would decide. In addition, this will help students gain an understanding of the emotional setting of their historical fiction novels. With that said, students will learn how to pay attention to patterns of details, objects, or events that recur allowing them to gain a deeper understanding of the text. Finally, students will trace the idea of "theme" throughout a novel and compare their ideas with their book club members.
Students will take a post-assessment on Friday, May 12, covering the idea of theme to end our study of this unit.
We are now beginning our fourth unit in the Lucy Calkins Writing Units of Study! This unit will focus on writing a literary essay. The students will be learning how to write about their reading by studying characters, themes, testing out a thesis, and understanding an author's craft. The students will practice citing evidence from the text, using that evidence to support their thesis, and elaborating on it in order to make their opinion clear.
The students will receive differentiated writing assignments based on their achievement levels. For their final drafts the students are expected to include the following:
On Level: Analyze 1 passage and 1 theme
Advanced: Analyze 2 passages and 1 theme
Accelerated: Analyze 2 passages and 2 themes
We are planning to end this unit and have all final drafts submitted by May 12, 2017.
Below you will find the standards that will be covered in this unit as aligned to Common Core.