Grade 3 Unit 2
Big Idea: Authors utilize relationships among characters to reflect the importance of community.
Over the course of the next few weeks, students will be learning how texts work in the reading and writing workshops. Through reading and writing students will learn how the authors write to help the reader deepen his or her understanding of the text. Students will be using a variety of reading comprehension strategies to deepen their reading habits. Aligned to the reading, students will be writing essays and narratives. Based on non- fiction articles, realistic fiction, excerpts, and legends students will show how people work together as a community to adapt and survive in their environment. Students will identify and apply their knowledge of text features and text structures to deepen their understanding of the text.
Throughout the unit, students will focus on mood, tone, perspective, and ability to ask and answer Depth of Knowledge questions to build upon their listening and speaking skills by engaging in conversation during Turn and Talks and group discussions.
We will incorporate the Habits of Mind and personal behaviors attributed to successful people. Particularly, students will focus on persistence, thinking flexibly, working interdependently, and responding with understanding and empathy.
Students will respond to text based questions through written essays, Students will discover similarities amongst characters, share their insight in group discussions, and use evidence from the text to support their point of view based on the text. This unit encompasses reading, writing, and character analysis that will be the inception of their third grade literary experience.
While reading legends, excerpts from The Year of Miss Agnes, realistic fiction, and non-fiction articles, students have a chance to explore the authors’ craft and appreciate language. Students explore word origins, cultures, DOK stems, discuss mood and tone, and multiple perspectives while they answer text based questions and react to the essential question.