COMMON CORE STANDARDS
RL.6.1 Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
RL.6.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
RL.6.6 Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.
RL.6.9 Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres (e.g., stories and poems; historical novels and fantasy stories) in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics.
Reading Informational Text
RI.6.1 Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
RI.6.2 Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
RI.6.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.
RI.6.6 Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text.
RI.6.9 Compare and contrast one author’s presentation of events with that of another (e.g., a memoir written by and a biography on the same person).
RI.6.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
W.6.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
W.6.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
W.6.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Speaking and Listening
SL.6.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
DESCRIPTION OF UNIT
This Grade 6 unit titled “Reading Closely for Textual Details: The Wolf That You Feed” from Odell Education is part of a developing core proficiencies program that is intended to be completed in 3 weeks of direct instruction in ELA/Literacy near the beginning of the school year. The instructional focus of this unit is on learning to read text closely, while engaging in text-centered discussions, as well as evidence-based writing. Finally, students are expected to read and analyze a grade-level text in order to participate in a text-centered discussion. The unit includes an optional summative assessment if a more formal assessment is desired.
Connecticut teachers should be aware that no formal rubrics are included to measure student performance. (The unit does include detailed checklists for teachers and students that could be used to create CCSS aligned rubrics.)
RATIONALE FOR SELECTION
The design of this unit is exemplary. It integrates reading, writing, speaking and listening so that students apply and synthesize advancing literacy skills that meet targeted CCSS. Files including detailed daily lesson plans are organized so that teachers can easily browse through the materials and find everything needed for pacing and instruction. Teachers can also adapt and apply the activity sequences and materials to different texts and/or topics. The texts and activities provide many opportunities for academic vocabulary instruction and include images, videos, websites, informational readings, and fictional narratives. The unit uses varied modes of assessment, including a range and choice of pre, formative, summative, and self-assessment measures.