In READING, we are discovering Realistic Fiction. In this unit students will:
· articulate and identify the characteristics of realistic fiction.
· gather information by looking closely at the story elements as they read realistic fiction texts.
· develop ideas about the characters in and across realistic fiction texts using text evidence.
· interpret, infer, and respond to realistic fiction texts, and share their thinking with their reading partners or clubs.
· notice and expand on common themes across realistic fiction texts.
In WRITING, we are exploring Realistic Fiction as well. It is all about how writers get their ideas by paying attention to the small moments and issues in their lives. We collect story ideas in our writer’s notebook, and we learn to develop our ideas so that they contain all of the elements of an effective story. Storytelling and partnership is key to this unit in establishing what it really means to talk through your story and go through the writing process. We can learn in this unit that storytelling is one great strategy that writers can use to write with their inner voice rather than summarizing. In addition, character development plays an essential part of this unit where students will be able to create three dimensional characters that portray real life traits, behaviors, and actions. As writers we take these characters and build lives for them that include a variety of settings, problems, obstacles, and solutions. Within this unit students will study several narrative structures and be able to experience an intense revision process that will allow them to implement these structures within their own writing.
In this integrated SOCIAL STUDIES unit, we will be investigating The American Revolution. Students will learn how historians investigate the past, what events happened that led to the Revolutionary War, who the leaders/groups were that influenced the creation of NJ, the perspectives of relationships between the colonists and Britain, the importance of the Declaration of Ind. and why it was created, key battles that were fought in NJ, and why NJ is considered the Crossroads of the Revolution.
Students will learn different historical skills within our integrated unit. They will analyze documents and photographs and use evidence to form ideas (theories) about different conflicts. They will practice predicting and inferring to draw conclusions based on different modalities. Students will learn how perspective informs people's responses, choices and motivation. Also, they will learn how American Identity changes over time. Lastly, students will make real world connections using evidence and analyzing text.