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ELA G5:M4:U2

Analyzing Literature about Natural Disasters: Inferring about Impact on Survivors

Lesson 1Reading Literature about Natural Disasters: Inferring about Human Impact through an Analysis of Eight Days: A Story of Haiti

Long Term Targets Supporting Targets Ongoing Assessments Protocols
  • I can effectively engage in discussions with diverse partners about fifth-grade topics and texts. (SL.5.1)
  • I can make inferences using quotes from the text. (RL.5.1)
  • I can effectively engage in discussions to infer the meaning of a text.
  • I can take notes and quotes from Eight Days to analyze the narrator’s experience as a survivor of a natural disaster. 
  • Student responses to text-dependent questions
  • Analysis notes for Eight Days
  • None

Lesson 2Analyzing Point of View: Inferring about the Natural Disaster in Eight Days

Long Term Targets Supporting Targets Ongoing Assessments Protocols
  • I can effectively engage in discussions with diverse partners about fifth-grade topics and texts. (SL.5.1)
  • I can describe how a narrator’s point of view influences the description of events. (RL.5.6)
  • I can write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly. (W.5.2)
  • I can draw evidence from literary texts to support analysis. (W.5.9a)
  • I can effectively engage in discussions to infer the meaning of a text.
  • I can describe how Junior’s point of view influences his description of events in Eight Days.
  • Independent reading
  • Group discussion
  • Groups’ literary analysis essays 
  • None

Lesson 4Reading Literature about Natural Disasters: Inferring about the Impact of Hurricane Katrina on People Living in New Orleans

Long Term Targets Supporting Targets Ongoing Assessments Protocols
  • I can make inferences using quotes from the text. (RL.5.1)
  • I can analyze how visual and multimedia elements add to the meaning, tone, or beauty of literary text. (RL.5.7)
  • I can analyze figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings. (L.5.5)
  • I can infer about the narrator’s experience in “Save Bella!” as a survivor of a natural disaster.
  • I can analyze how images in “Save Bella!” are used to add to the meaning of the text and convey the narrator’s experience of a natural disaster.
  • I can analyze the meaning of figurative language in “Save Bella!” to better understand the narrator’s experience of a natural disaster.
  • Independent reading
  • Student responses to text-dependent questions
  • Analysis notes for “Save Bella!”
  • None

Lesson 3Analyzing Images and Language: Inferring about the Natural Disaster in Eight Days

Long Term Targets Supporting Targets Ongoing Assessments Protocols
  • I can analyze how visual and multimedia elements add to the meaning, tone, or beauty of literary text. (RL.5.7)
  • I can analyze figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings. (L.5.5)
  • I can analyze how images in Eight Days are used to add to the meaning of the text and convey the narrator’s experience of a natural disaster.
  • I can analyze the meaning of figurative language in Eight Days to better understand the narrator’s experience of a natural disaster.
  • Independent reading
  • Image Analysis sheet
  • Language Analysis T-chart (in journal)
  • None

Lesson 5Analyzing Point of View: Inferring about the Impact of Hurricane Katrina on People Living in New Orleans

Long Term Targets Supporting Targets Ongoing Assessments Protocols
  • I can describe how a narrator’s point of view influences the description of events. (RL.5.6)
  • I can write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly. (W.5.2)
  • I can draw evidence from literary texts to support analysis. (W.5.9a)
  • I can describe how Darren’s point of view influences his description of events in “Save Bella!”
  • Group discussion
  • Literary analysis essays about “Save Bella!”
  • None

Lesson 6Mid-Unit 2 Assessment: Analyzing a New Narrative about a Natural Disaster, Part I

Long Term Targets Supporting Targets Ongoing Assessments Protocols
  • I can make inferences using quotes from the text. (RL.5.1)
  • I can analyze how visual and multimedia elements add to the meaning, tone, or beauty of literary text. (RL.5.7)
  • I can analyze figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings. (L.5.5)
  • I can infer about the narrator’s experience in “Save Bella!” as a survivor of a natural disaster, using quotes from the text.
  • I can analyze the meaning of figurative language in a new narrative about natural disasters.
  • I can analyze how an image from the text adds meaning to the narrator’s description of events.
  • Mid-Unit 2 Assessment: Analyzing a New Narrative about a Natural Disaster, Part I
  • None

Lesson 7Mid-Unit Assessment: Analyzing a New Narrative about a Natural Disaster, Part II

Long Term Targets Supporting Targets Ongoing Assessments Protocols
  • I can describe how a narrator’s point of view influences the description of events. (RL.5.6)
  • I can write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly. (W.5.2)
  • I can draw evidence from literary texts to support analysis. (W.5.9a) 
  • I can describe how the narrator’s point of view in a new text about natural disasters influences his or her description of events.
  • Mid-Unit 2 Assessment: Analyzing a New Narrative about a Natural Disaster, Part II
  • None

Lesson 8Reading about the Author’s Perspective: Why Do Authors Write about Natural Disasters?

Long Term Targets Supporting Targets Ongoing Assessments Protocols
  • I can recognize and describe how an author’s background affects his or her perspective. (RL.5.6a) [This standard is specific to New York State.]
  • I can effectively engage in discussions with diverse partners about fifth-grade topics and texts. (SL.5.1)

 

  • I can describe how an author’s background affects his or her perspective.
  • I can effectively engage in a discussion about the guiding question based on examples from the texts I have read.
  • Students’ notes for discussion
  • Students’ discussion participation
  • None

Lesson 9End of Unit Assessment: Perspectives on Natural Disasters

Long Term Targets Supporting Targets Ongoing Assessments Protocols
  • I can quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text. (RI.5.1)
  • I can recognize and describe how an author’s background affects his or her perspective. (RL.5.6a)
  • I can create and present an original poem, narrative, play, artwork, or literary critique in response to a particular author or theme studied in class. (W.5.11)
  • I can describe how an author’s background affects his or her perspective, using quotes and evidence from the text.
  • I can create and present an original piece of artwork in response to the Unit 2 guiding question.
  • Independent reading
  • End of Unit 2 Assessment: Perspectives on Natural Disasters
  • None

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