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ELA G6:M3B

Sustaining the Oceans

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 1-3 Unit 1: Author’s Point of View and Idea Development in World without Fish

Instructional FocusLong-Term TargetsAssessments
  • Analyze excerpts of World without Fish for figurative language, connotative language, word and phrase choice and meaning, and plot development.
  • I can analyze how key individuals, events, or ideas are developed throughout a text. (RI.6.3)
  • I can use a variety of strategies to determine word meaning in informational texts. (RI.6.4)
  • Mid-Unit 1 Assessment: Analyzing Idea Development in Chapter 3 of World without Fish (RI.6.3 and RI.6.4)
  • Analyze excerpts of World without Fish for evidence of Mark Kurlansky’s point of view and how it is conveyed.
  • I can determine an author’s point of view or purpose in an informational text. (RI.6.6)
  • I can explain how an author’s point of view is conveyed in an informational text. (RI.6.6)
  • End of Unit 1 Assessment: Analyzing Author’s Point of View and How It Is Conveyed in Chapter 5 of World without Fish (RI.6.6)

Weeks 3-5 Unit 2: Narrator’s Point of View and Evidence of Author’s Perspective in Flush

Instructional FocusLong-Term TargetsAssessments
  • Closely read excerpts of Flush to analyze the narrator’s point of view and how it is conveyed.
  • Analyze how Carl Hiaasen develops the plot in each chapter.
  • I can determine the meaning of literal and figurative language (metaphors and similes) in literary text. (RL.6.4)
  • I can analyze how an author’s word choice affects tone and meaning in a literary text. (RL.6.4)
  • I can analyze how a particular sentence, stanza, scene, or chapter fits in and contributes to the development of a literary text. (RL.6.5)
  • I can analyze how an author develops a narrator or speaker’s point of view. (RL.6.6)
  • I can use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph; a word’s position or function in a sentence) to determine the meaning of a word or phrase. (L.6.4a)
  • Mid-Unit 2 Assessment: Analyzing Point of View and Plot Development in Flush (RL.6.4, RL.6.5, RL.6.6, and L.6.4a)
  • Closely read excerpts of interviews with Carl Hiaasen to analyze how his geographic location in Florida has affected his perspective.
  • Closely read excerpts of Flush looking for evidence of Carl Hiaasen’s perspective.
  • I can explain how an author’s geographic location or culture affects his or her perspective. (RL.6.6a)
  • I can create and present a text or artwork in response to a literary work. (W.6.11)
  1. I can develop a perspective or theme supported by relevant details. (W.6.11a)
  2. I can recognize and illustrate social, historical, and cultural features in the presentation of literary texts. (W.6.11b)
  • End of Unit 2 Assessment: Evidence of Author’s Perspective in Flush (RL.6.6a, W.6.11, W.6.11a, and W.6.11b)

Weeks 6-8 Unit 3: What You Need to Know When Buying Fish

Instructional FocusLong-Term TargetsAssessments
  • Researching information about overfishing, sustainable fishing methods, case studies of depleted fish species, and suggestions for buying fish caught using sustainable methods.
  • I can conduct short research projects to answer a question. (W.6.7)
  • I can use several sources in my research. (W.6.7)
  • I can refocus or refine my question when appropriate. (W.6.7)
  • I can interpret information presented in different media and formats. (SL.6.2)
  • I can explain how new information connects to a topic, text, or issue I am studying. (SL.6.2)
  • Mid-Unit 3 Assessment (Parts 1 and 2): Researching Information about How to Buy Fish Caught Using Sustainable Methods (W.6.7 and SL.6.2)
  • Evaluate research to choose that which is most relevant and compelling.
  • Analyze authentic informative consumer guides to generate criteria for an effective informative consumer guide.
  • Compile the most relevant and compelling research into an informative consumer guide.
  • I can use a variety of media to develop and deepen my understanding of a topic or idea. (RI.6.7)
  • I can write informative/explanatory texts that convey ideas and concepts using relevant information that is carefully selected and organized. (W.6.2)
  • I can introduce the topic of my text. (W.6.2a)
  • I can organize my information using various strategies (e.g. definition/classification, comparison/contrast, cause/effect). (W.6.2a)
  • I can include headings, graphics, and multimedia to help readers understand my ideas. (W.6.2a)
  • I can develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, and quotations. (W.6.2b)
  • I can use transitions to clarify relationships among my ideas. (W.6.2c)
  • I can use contextually specific language/vocabulary to inform or explain about a topic. (W.6.2d)
  • I can establish and maintain a formal style in my writing. (W.6.2e)
  • I can construct a concluding statement or section of an informative/explanatory text. (W.6.2f)
  • I can produce text (print or non-print) that explores a variety of cultures and perspectives. (W.6.4a)
  • I can use correct capitalization, punctuation, and spelling to send a clear message to my reader. (L.6.2)
  1. I can use punctuation (commas, parentheses, dashes) to set off nonrestrictive/parenthetical elements. (L.6.2a)
  2. I can spell correctly. (L.6.2b)
  • I can use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening. (L.6.3)
  1. I can use a variety of sentence structures to make my writing and speaking more interesting. (L.6.3a)
  2. I can maintain consistency in style and tone when writing and speaking. (L.6.3b)

  • End of Unit 3 Assessment: Draft Informative Consumer Guide: What You Need to Know When Buying Fish (RI.6.7, W.6.2a–f, W.6.4a, and W.6.9)
  • Final Performance Task: Informative Consumer Guide: What You Need to Know When Buying Fish (W.6.2, L.6.2, and L.6.3)

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