Reflection: Unit Planning Comparing Stories, Characters and Themes - Section 3: Take Away Work


When I completed this lesson we went on a break and I knew that two weeks was too long to expect students to recollect the information and emotions they had just learned in the unit. I had two options - try and hope they would still be able to respond effectively or move on to a similar topic and recreate their base of understanding.

I chose the later and moved them on to immigrants - emigrants - refugees unit that will connect to our history topic of settling the colonies. Another option you might try if you want to continue this theme is to use the materials on the national geographic site to have them respond in a research/ persuasive piece that has them create a plan for how to help that is education-solution based. Here's the website link 

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Comparing Stories, Characters and Themes

Unit 11: Guided Reading - Developing BIG Understanding in a Small Group Format
Lesson 6 of 6

Objective: the events and characters of the book "How Many Days to America" and the article "Garana's Story" on their approaches to similar themes and topics.

Big Idea: Comparing and contrasting ideas help readers build understanding. There are similar themes in many books that each can teach us why people immigrate to our country.

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