Big Idea : Authors utilize among characters to reflect the importance of community.
Unit 2 Overview
Over the course of the next few weeks, students will be exploring text in the reading and writing workshops. Through reading and writing students will be learning how texts work. Students will be using a variety of reading comprehension strategies to deepen their reading habits. Aligned to the reading, students will be writing narratives in which they describe actions, thoughts and feelings of characters .
Through the pairing of fiction and nonfiction books on related topics, this unit builds on students’ understanding of how relationships are important to the reading community and how authors can use their own experiences and interactions with others to help them create stories. This unit is particularly effective for teaching mood and tone and multiple perspectives, which is shown through the author’s experiences.
Throughout the unit, we will infuse the Habits of Mind and the academic and personal behaviors attributed to successful people. Particularly, having persistence and showing good work habits and organization will be discussed.
Students will respond to text based questions through written essays. Students will discover how characters respond to challenges within their community, share their insight in group discussions and use this information to support their opinions. This unit encompasses reading, writing and character analysis that will be the inception of their second grade literary experience.
While reading memoirs by Patricia Polacco along with non-fiction literature students have a chance to explore the authors craft, appreciate language and the different cultures that are represented in her stories. Students explore word origins, cultures, discuss mood and tone, and multiple perspectives while answering text based questions in response to the essential question.