Big Idea: Authors utilize the relationship among characters to reflect the importance of community.
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 pieces to identify and explain character changes, how the setting affects characters, adapting to new situations, and how they have to learn to depend on others by drawing on specific details in the text.
Through the pairing of fiction and nonfiction books on related topics, this unit builds on students’ understanding of how characters respond to obstacles in their lives, major events that show changes through experiences, and how they are able to overcome and learn from them. This unit is particularly effective for teaching connections between characters from different books, character traits that are common between them and how characters have to change in order to adapt to new situations.
Throughout the unit, we will infuse the Habits of Mind and the academic and personal behaviors attributed to successful people. Particularly, Questioning and Posing Problems, Gathering Data Through All Senses, Responding with Wonderment and Awe, Persisting, Thinking About our Thinking, Remaining Open to Continuous Learning, and Thinking and Communicating with Clarity and Precision.
Students will respond to text based questions through written essays by citing specific evidence from the text. Students will discover similarities amongst characters, share their insight in group discussions and use this information to support their opinions. Students will be able to quote accurately from a text, determine the theme of a story, to understand how a character’s actions are influenced by the settings and describe how a narrator’s point of view influences how events are described. This unit encompasses reading, writing, and character analysis that will be the inception of their fifth grade literary experience.
While reading realistic fiction along with non-fiction literature students have a chance to explore the authors craft and appreciate language. Students explore word origins and phrases as they are used in the text, cultures, compare literal/figurative language, and answer text based questions in response to the essential question. Students will also be able to write a narrative that describes experiences or events in descriptive detail, use dialogue and sequence to show the responses of characters to situations.