How do values influence the way we express ourselves?
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DAY 7–9 - SEED 2
DAY 10 - SEED 3
DAY 11–18 - PLAN 2
DAY 19 - SEED 4
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This unit, Actions Speak Louder Than Words, utilizes literary nonfiction texts, biographical information, poetry, and selections found online. The lesson models in this unit feature best practices to address Common Core State Standards and will assist students in the process of close reading, critical analysis of text, and will provide opportunities for students to demonstrate an understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meaning. Included are examples of text dependent questions and sample responses to guide instruction. Resources are infused to maintain engagement, deepen comprehension, and serve as prompts for future investigation and research. Students will maintain a learning log to record learning and to write regularly. There are multiple opportunities to incorporate a variety of technology including, including music and video clips.
In addition to learning about famous African Americans, lessons will also center on the study of figurative language, similes, metaphors, and idioms.
The texts for this unit include Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass (890 L) by Lesa Cline-Ransome, When Marian Sang (780L) by Pam Munoz Ryan, the poems Dreams and Harlem by Langston Hughes, and Pathways to Freedom online resource. The three aspects of text complexity were applied when selecting these texts. The quantitative measures for the above texts are within the 4th grade text complexity band. Qualitatively, the texts lend themselves to both the theme and the language focus, present multiple levels of meaning, and appeal to the age and maturity of fourth grade readers. When considering reader and task aspects, the texts and concepts relate to diverse prominent historical figures and their role in history.
Universal Design for Learning principles were considered when planning for a range of learners. Opportunities for paired work and group discussion are infused throughout the lessons. The online resource, Pathways to Freedom, provides an audio component to assist students who find the reading challenging. In addition, the suggested digital resources promote engagement, interdisciplinary learning, and further investigation which may lead to an extended research project.
Note: For additional Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) and/or for captioned/described video, visit "Sources for Accessible Media" http://marylandlearninglinks.org.
IMPORTANT NOTE: No text model or website referenced in this unit has undergone a review. Before using any of these materials, local school systems should conduct a formal approval review of these materials to determine their appropriateness. Teachers should adhere to any Acceptable Use Policy enforced by their local school system.