In this second unit, students research their expert group animal and its defense mechanisms. Close reading of informational texts about their expert group animal will prepare students for the mid-unit assessment in which they make inferences and summarize information from two informational texts.
In the second half of the unit, students will synthesize information from their research by writing an informative piece about their expert group animal, in which their animals physical characteristics, habitat, predators, and defense mechanisms are described. This piece will become the introduction to their performance task, a Choose Your Own Adventure Narrative, written in unit 3. Their research in this unit will also serve as a resource for writing narratives with scientifically accurate details.