Year at a Glance: September/October Unit 1: Interpretation Book Clubs: Analyzing Themes October/November Unit 2: Tackling Complexity: Moving Up Levels of Non-Fiction November/December Unit 3 : Historical Fiction Book Clubs January/February Unit 4: Argument and Advocacy: Researching Debatable Issues February/March Unit 5: Test Prep Mid-April, Mid- May Unit 6: The Lens of History: Research Reports May/June Unit 7: Fantasy Book Clubs: The Magic of Themes and Symbols Our current unit is Tackling Text Complexity: Moving Up Levels of Non-Fiction Essential Question: How can I read tons of high-interest non-fiction texts, reading to learn all that I can, and to read faster, smoother, and with absorption while also learning from the texts? Sequence of Learning Activities: Students will continue to work on reading goals. Students will summarize texts. Students will identify multiple main ideas. Students will build theories not only on what the text says, but what it infers. Students will continue to develop vocabulary skills. Students will identify text structure (problem/solution, cause/effect, time order and compare/contrast). Students will identify author's craft in non-fiction texts and articles. Benchmarks for November MB- Q or below MP: R/S MT : T MA: U ME: V or above Assessments: performance task Quizzes Checklists to observe classwork, quality of notebooks and quality/participation in book club discussions. Individual conferences Group conferences
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