This module focuses on a deep study of the classic tale Peter Pan. Students will consider the guiding question: How do writers capture a reader’s imagination? In Unit 1, students begin by analyzing narratives with a particular focus on character, which is central to the third-grade standards. In the second part of the unit, students will practice crafting opinions and supporting reasons about specific questions related to Peter Pan’s central characters. For the End of Unit 1 Assessment, students will consider how their own perspective may or may not be different from that of a character in the story.
In Unit 2, students will look at Peter Pan through the lens of a writer, examining author’s craft, specifically the use of dialogue and vivid language. Students then will write their own imagined scene about Peter Pan, writing from a choice of two prompts. They then will compare scenes from the Classic Starts edition of Peter Pan to those scenes in the script of Peter Pan, adapted from J. M. Barrie’s original 1910 play. They will build fluency through Readers Theater, reenacting excerpts from the script. (As an extension, students may perform their Readers Theater scenes for a real audience.) As an end of unit fluency assessment, students will read aloud a Peter Pan monologue.
In Unit 3, students will shift their focus and consider how readers share their own opinions about a book and will write an opinion piece about which character in Peter Pan most effectively captures their imagination and why. The performance task centers on ELA CCLS RL.3.3, RL.3.5, W.3.1, W.2, W.3.4, W.3.5, L.3.1, L.3.2, and L.3.3.