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ELA G5:M4

Natural Disasters in the Western Hemisphere

Each module is approximately 8 weeks of instruction broken into 3 units. The "week at a glance" chart in the curriculum map gives the big picture, breaking down the module into a detailed week-by-week view. It shows how the module unfolds, the focus of each week of instruction, and where the six assessments and the performance task occur.

Weeks 1-2 Unit 1: The Science behind Natural Disasters

Instructional FocusLong-Term TargetsAssessments
  • Building Background Knowledge and Making Inferences: What Is a Natural Disaster?
  • Relationships between Key Scientific Concepts: What Causes Earthquakes and Hurricanes
  • I can explain what a text says using quotes from the text.
  • I can make inferences using quotes from the text.
  • I can explain important relationships between people, events, and ideas in a historical, scientific, or technical text using specific details in the text.
  • I can determine the meaning of academic words or phrases in an informational text.
  • I can determine the meaning of content words or phrases in an informational text.
  • Mid-Unit 1: Text-Dependent Short-Answer Quiz—the Effects of Natural Disaster (NYSP12 ELA Standards RI.5.1, RI.5.3, and RI.5.4)
  • Synthesizing Information from Texts about Natural Disasters
  • Organizing Evidence from Multiple Informational Texts to Prepare for Writing
  • I can write informative/explanatory texts that convey ideas and information clearly.
  1. I can group supporting facts together about a topic in an informative/explanatory text
  2. I can use text, formatting, illustrations, and multimedia to support my topic.
  3. I can develop the topic with facts, definitions, details, and quotations.
  4. I can use precise, content-specific vocabulary to inform or explain about a topic.
  • I can produce clear and coherent writing that is appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • I can choose evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

  • End of Unit 1: Part I, Essay: On-Demand Essay “What Makes a Hurricane a Natural Disaster?” (NYSP12 ELA Standards RI.5.2, W.5.2, W.5.4, and W.5.9); Part II, Science Talk (NYSP 12 ELA Standards SL.5.1a, b, c, d, and f)

Unit 2: Analyzing Literature about Natural Disasters: Inferring about Impact on Survivors

Weeks 7-8 Unit 3: Research on 2010 Earthquake in Haiti, Learning about the Red Cross, and Writing an Opinion Speech

Instructional FocusLong-Term TargetsAssessments
  • Building Background Knowledge: What Do U.S. Humanitarian Aid Organizations Do?
  • Researching Using Multiple Texts: Western Hemisphere Natural Disasters
  • I can locate an answer or solve a problem efficiently, drawing from multiple informational sources. (RI.5.7)
  • I can build knowledge about multiple aspects of a topic by conducting research. (W.5.7)
  • I can use several sources to build my knowledge about a topic. (W.5.7)
  • I can recall information that is important to a topic. (W.5.8)
  • I can document what I learn about a topic by taking notes. (W.5.8)
  • I can summarize or paraphrase information in my notes and in finished work. (W.5.8)
  • I can provide a list of sources I used to gather information. (W.5.8)
  • I can choose evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research. (W.5.9)
  • Mid-Unit 3: Taking and Organizing Notes for a Public Speech (NYSP12 ELA Standards RI.5.7, W.5.7, W.5.8, W.5.9)

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