In this unit, students will explore how geography impacts readers’ access to books. All instruction in this unit builds toward the final performance task for the module: an informative “Accessing Books around the World” bookmark. In the first part of the unit, students will read informational texts about world geography as they build vocabulary and understanding related to physical features and how physical characteristics of a region influence how people access books. Students then will explore external resources that support the power of reading, focusing on the important role of libraries.
Using the central text, My Librarian Is a Camel, students will read about less conventional ways to access texts and the heroic lengths librarians and community members make in order to help others build this power. Students will read about and gather details about one of the countries represented in My Librarian Is a Camel and write an informative paragraph that describes how readers in that country access books. In the On-Demand Mid-Unit 3 Assessment, students will read a new excerpt from My Librarian Is a Camel and answer a series of text-dependent questions. They will then draw on this research in order to create their Accessing Books around the World bookmark. The creation of these bookmarks will be supported by the writing process, with a focus on producing writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose. Students will have opportunities for critique and revision, culminating in the opportunity to publish and share the bookmarks with readers in their school or local library. (Word processing the bookmark text is encouraged, but not required.) After students have completed their bookmark, they will complete an On-Demand End of Unit 3 Assessment in which they write a paragraph about a different librarian from My Librarian Is a Camel.