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ELA G8:M3A:U3

Becoming Visible Again: Finding Freedom and Recovering Life

Each unit is made up of a sequence of between 5-20 lessons. The “unit at a glance” chart in the curriculum map breaks down each unit into its lessons, to show how the curriculum is organized in terms of standards address, supporting targets, ongoing assessment, and protocols. It also indicates which lessons include the mid-unit and end-of-unit assessments.

Lesson 1Analyzing a Thematic Concept: Becoming Visible Again, Part 2

Long Term Targets Supporting Targets Ongoing Assessments Protocols
  • I can use correct grammar and usage when writing or speaking. (L.8.1)
  • I can analyze the development of a theme or central idea throughout the text (including its relationship to supporting ideas). (RI.8.2)
  • I can analyze how specific dialogue or incidents in a plot propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision. (RL.8.3)
  • I can explain the general function of verbals (gerunds, participles, infinitives) and their function in sentences.
  • I can analyze a thematic concept in Unbroken.
  • I can analyze how an incident described in Unbroken provokes Louie to make a decision.
  • Unbroken structured notes, pages 354–380 (from homework)
  • Text-Dependent Questions: Becoming Visible Again note-catcher
  • None

Lesson 2Launching the Performance Task: Thematic Statement and Narrative Prompt

Long Term Targets Supporting Targets Ongoing Assessments Protocols
  • I can explain the function of verbals (gerunds, participles, infinitives) in general and their function in particular sentences. (L.8.1a)
  • I can recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in verb voice and mood. (L.8.1d)
  • I can analyze the development of a theme or central idea throughout the text (including its relationship to supporting ideas). (RI.8.2)
  • I can explain the use of verbals in sentences in Unbroken.
  • I can determine thematic statements in Unbroken.
  • I can explain the criteria for this module’s performance task.
  • Unbroken structured notes, pages 381–389 (from homework)
  • Unbroken Thematic Statements handout
  • None

Lesson 3Researching Mine Okubo: Gathering Textual Evidence

Long Term Targets Supporting Targets Ongoing Assessments Protocols
  • I can use evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research. (W.8.9)
  • I can gather evidence about Miné Okubo’s life from informational texts for my narrative.
  • I can plan a narrative that describes the moment when Miné Okubo “became visible again.”
  • Unbroken structured notes, pages 389–398 (from homework)
  • Narrative Writing: Becoming Visible Again after Internment note-catcher
  • None

Lesson 4Narrative Writing: Planning the Plot

Long Term Targets Supporting Targets Ongoing Assessments Protocols
  • I can write narrative texts about real or imagined experiences using relevant details and event sequences that make sense. (W.8.3)
  • I can use a story map to plan a well-organized narrative that describes the moment when Miné Okubo “became visible again.”
  • I can understand the rubric for the narrative writing performance task.
  • Narrative Writing: Becoming Visible Again after Internment story map
  • None

Lesson 5Narrative Writing: Planning Narrative Techniques

Long Term Targets Supporting Targets Ongoing Assessments Protocols
  • I can write narrative texts about real or imagined experiences using relevant details and event sequences that make sense. (W.8.3)
  • I can use the Stars and Steps protocol to give my partner kind, specific, helpful feedback on his or her narrative story map.
  • I can use my partner’s feedback to improve my narrative story map.
  • I can incorporate narrative techniques (“Things Good Writers Do”) into my narrative.
  • Narrative Writing: Becoming Visible Again after Internment story map (from homework)
  • Narrative and Language Techniques: Becoming Visible Again after Internment planner
  • None

Lesson 6Mid-Unit Assessment: Single Draft Narrative

Long Term Targets Supporting Targets Ongoing Assessments Protocols
  • I can write narrative texts about real or imagined experiences using relevant details and event sequences that make sense. (W.8.3)
  • I can use correct grammar and usage when writing or speaking. (L.8.1)
  • I can form and use verbs in the indicative, imperative, interrogative, conditional, and subjunctive mood. (L.8.1c)
  • I can use correct capitalization, punctuation, and spelling to send a clear message to my reader. (L.8.2)
  • I can write a narrative text about Miné Okubo using relevant details and event sequences that make sense. 
  • I can use correct grammar and usage in my narrative.
  • I can form and use verbs in the indicative, imperative, interrogative, conditional, and subjunctive mood in my narrative.
  • I can use correct capitalization, punctuation, and spelling in my narrative.
  • Narrative and Language Techniques: Becoming Visible Again after Internment planner (from homework)
  • Mid-Unit 3 Assessment:  Single Draft Narrative
  • None

Lesson 7End of Unit Assessment: Analysis of Language Techniques

Long Term Targets Supporting Targets Ongoing Assessments Protocols
  • I can use correct grammar and usage when writing or speaking. (L.8.1)

    a. Explain the function of verbals (gerunds, participles, infinitives) in general and their function in particular sentences

    b. Recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in verb voice and mood)

  • I can analyze figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings. (L.8.5)
  • I can use correct grammar and usage when writing.
  • I can explain the function of verbals.
  • I can recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in verb voice and mood.
  • I can write a book review that helps my classmates decide whether to read a book.
  • End of Unit 3 Assessment
  • Independent reading book review
  • None

Lesson 8Final Performance Task: Becoming Visible Again

Long Term Targets Supporting Targets Ongoing Assessments Protocols
  • I can write narrative texts about real or imagined experiences using relevant details and event sequences that make sense. (W.8.3)
  • I can use correct grammar and usage when writing or speaking. (L.8.1)
  • I can analyze figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings. (L.8.5)
  • I can use narrative and language techniques to write a creative, well-organized narrative that describes the moment when Miné Okubo “became visible again.”
  • Independent reading book review (from homework)
  • Final Performance Task: Narrative Writing: Becoming Visible Again After Internment (Group Presentation and Reflection)  
  • Self-assessment of performance task
  • None

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