In this unit, students begin reading a classic piece of literature to build their understanding of how writers craft stories that capture a reader’s imagination. Students will begin their study of Peter Pan by exploring how readers hold on to a narrative over time when reading chapter books. Through a series of close-reading lessons, students will build their ability to read longer, more complex texts. Students will build their vocabulary through routines that focus on the key vocabulary they need to analyze narratives (character, traits, motivations, actions, sequence of events, scene) as well as specific vocabulary from the beautifully written text Peter Pan. Through reading, writing, and discussion, students will begin to analyze the characters by carefully examining the traits, motivations, and actions of the novel’s main characters.
In the mid-unit assessment, students will apply their learning by independently analyzing the central character, Peter. Then the class is introduced to opinion writing as they deepen their ability to analyze character and how a character moves the story along. They will develop and support opinions about specific characters, gathering specific passages from the text as evidence. The class will engage in discussion groups in which students form and support opinions about characters and their actions in the text. After each discussion, students will write about how their opinion may or may not have changed based on the evidence their group presented. In the end of unit assessment, students state their opinion about a specific decision made by a character in the text.