What is the immigrant experience?
SEED 1 – ELLIS ISLAND
PLAN 1 – ANGEL ISLAND
SEED 2 – DRAGON’S CHILD
SEED 3 – THE LOTUS SEED
PLAN 2 - VIETNAM
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This unit will explore a variety of sources to understand the experiences of America's immigrants of the past. This unifying theme will guide students as they discuss the essential question, What is the immigrant experience? Students will read, evaluate and integrate multiple sources to gain perspective and understanding of the reasons, challenges, and process of immigrating to America.
A variety of focus texts and resources are suggested. Depending on your class and available resources, other texts may easily be substituted. Teachers may select to use a customized instructional sequence with alternate informational texts tied to the unit, needs and make-up of the community/school population.
The lesson models in this unit feature best practices using both informational and literary texts to address Common Core State Standards. Included are examples of text dependent questions and sample responses to guide instruction. Students will engage with technology and practice effective listening and speaking skills in collaborative groups to identify key ideas and concepts to build deeper understanding.
It is important teachers prepare fully by reading all resources and consider their students when planning to implement this unit. Time frames may vary depending on the daily amount of instructional time allotted, the student group and the degree of teacher support required for students to meet with success.
Additional Planning and Preparation:
Universal Design Principles and strategies for English Language Learners:
IMPORTANT NOTE: No text model or website referenced in this unit has undergone a formal review. Before using any of these materials, local school systems should conduct a formal approval review to determine their appropriateness. Teachers should always adhere to any Acceptable Use Policy enforced by their local school system.
RF.5.3 Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
RF.5.3a Use combined knowledge of all letter-sound correspondences, syllabication partners, and morphology (e.g., roots and affixes) to read accurately unfamiliar multisyllabic words in context and out of context.
RF.5.4 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
RF.5.4a Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.
RF.5.4c Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding rereading as necessary.
RL.5.1 Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
RL.5.2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.
RL.5.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.
RL.5.7 Analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or beauty of a text.
RL.5.9 Compare and contrast stories in the same genre on their approaches to similar themes and topics.
RL.5.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Reading Informational Text
RI.5.1 Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from text.
RI.5.2 Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
RI.5.3 Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.
RI.5.4 Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area
RI.5.6 Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent.
RI.5.7 Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.
RI.5.8 Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s).
RI.5.9 Integration information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
RI.5.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend information texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4-5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
W.5.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
W.5.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
W.5.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience (Grade specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1- 3 above).
W.5.5 With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach. (Editing of conventions should demonstrate command of Language Standards 1-3 up to and including grade 5 on page 29.)
W.5.6 With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of two pages in a single sitting.
W.5.7 Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation or different aspects of a topic.
W.5.8 Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; summarize or paraphrase information in notes and finished work, and provide a list of sources.
W.5.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
W.5.9b Apply grade 5 Reading standards to information texts (e.g., Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons an evidence support which point(s)”.
W.5.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Speaking and Listening
SL.5.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
SL.5.1a Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion.
SL.5.1b Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and carry out assigned roles.
SL.5.1c Pose and respond to specific questions by making comments that contribute to the discussion and elaborate on the remarks of others.
SL.5.1d Review the key ideas expressed and draw conclusions in light of information and knowledge gained from the discussions.
SL.5.4 Report on a topic or text or present an opinion sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
SL.5.5 Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, sound) and visual displays in presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.
SL.5.6 Adapt speech to a variety of context and task, using formal English when appropriate to task and situation. (See Grade 5 Language standards 1 and 3 on page 28 for specific expectations.)
L.5.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English when writing or speaking.
L.5.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
L5.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 5 reading and content, choose flexibility from a range of strategies.
L.5.5 Demonstrate understating of figurative language, word relationships and nuances in word meanings.