In this unit, students apply the research they have completed (in Unit 2) about their expert animal and its defense mechanisms in order to write a narrative about their animal. Students will write a choose-your-own-adventure narrative about their animal for their performance task for this module. Throughout the unit students work on the their narratives by writing the introduction and first choice ending. Then as an on demand end of unit assessment, they write the second choice ending for their narratives. Finally, they combine these choices to complete their performance task and publish their choose-your-own-adventure narratives. Students begin this unit by reading a mentor literary text, Can You Survive in the Wilderness as a class.
This text introduces them to the format of a choose-your-own-adventure. Students hone their writing skills through practicing with a class model based on the millipede. For the mid-unit assessment, students will plan for and draft the introduction to their own narratives. Then through mini-lessons and peer critique continue to revise their writing. Finally, in the end of unit assessment, students write the second choice ending of their narrative, on demand, and then combine this with their first choice ending to create their final performance task in a choose-your-own-adventure format.