Units – English Language Arts

Units for Grades K-5

NEWKBeing a Good Kindergarten Citizen
NEWKStory Time – Folktales from Around the World
KDocument-Based Inquiry – Illustration Detectives: Gingerbread People
KContent Literacy – What is Bravery?
KHow My Family Lives in America
KListening & Learning Domain 3 Anthology – Stories
KLiteracy in Science – We are Experts
KIntroduction to Nursery Rhymes and Fables
KReading Environmental Print
KSkills Strand
KAmerica the Beautiful – Using Music and Art to Develop Vocabulary
KRetelling Corduroy
NEW1Realistic Fiction – Why Do We Read It?
1Content Literacy – People Who Work for Justice
1Content Literacy – People Who Work for Justice
1BURRO’S TORTILLAS by Terri Fields – A Common Core Unit for ELLs
1Short Focused Research Project – The Moon
1Creative Problem-Solving with Ezra Jack Keats
1Informational Text, Research, and Inquiry Circles – Animals and Habitats
1Listening Strand – Fables and Stories
1Skills Strand
NEW2Friends of Henry Ford – Speaking and Listening Unit
NEW2Dr. Martin Luther King
2Newspaper Reporting
2Listening & Learning Domain 12 Anthology "Fighting for a Cause"
2Informational Text - Reading for Inquiry and Writing a Report
2Realistic Fiction – Stories Matter
2Author Study: Tomie dePaola
2Listening Strand – Cycles in Nature
2Reading and Writing About Whales Using Fiction and Nonfiction Texts
2Skills Strand
NEW3Whose Story Is It? The Craft and Structure of Reading and Writing about History
NEW3Newspaper Reporting and Interviewing
NEW3My Librarian is a Camel - How Books are Brought to Children Around the World (Module 1, Unit 1)
3Building the Power of Reading (Module 1, Unit 2)
3Speaking & Listening Unit
3Gathering Evidence and Speaking to Others – The Role of Freshwater Around the World
3Opinions Matter – Pre-Revolution Boston
3Reading Informational Texts – The Declaration of Independence and the First Fourth of July
3Extreme Weather: Content Literacy – Science
4Writing and Speaking about the Importance of Voting: Why Vote?
4Coming to America – A Nation of Immigrants (1820-Present)
NEW4Through An Artist’s Eyes - Jacob Lawrence’s THE MIGRATION SERIES
4Cinderella by Barbara McClintock – A Common Core Unit for ELLs
4Be Aware! Be Prepared! – A research project on natural disasters and their impact on our lives
4Building Background Knowledge – Animal Defenses and the Research Process
4Perspectives on the American Revolution – Building Background Knowledge
4Images and Metaphor – "The fog comes on little cat feet..."
4Moving Toward Acceptance Through Picture Books and Two-Voice Texts
4Using Literary Elements to Determine Theme – TUCK EVERLASTING
4Scientific Research – Researching Simple Machines “How Do They Help Do Work?”
NEW5Research Pack – How Human Activity Impacts the Environment
5“Casey at the Bat” by Ernest Lawrence Thayer
5Reading Literature – "A Patch of Old Snow"
5Storytelling in the Social Studies Classroom
5Reading and Writing Like a Scientist – Observing Nature, Conducting Research, and Creating a Field Journal Entry
5Building Background Knowledge on Human Rights
5Considering Perspectives and Supporting Opinions – Sports and Athletes’ Impact on Culture
5A Closer Look at "Mother to Son"

Units for Grades 6-8

NEW6Heroes of the ILIAD
6Researching to Deepen Understanding – Prehistoric Art
6Building Evidence-Based Arguments – Energy Crossroads
6Analyzing Structure and Communicating Theme in Literature – IF by Rudyard Kipling and BUD, NOT BUDDY
6Myths – Not Just Long Ago
6-8The Power of Language
NEW7The Giver
7Building Evidence-Based Arguments – “Doping can be that last 2 percent.”
7Children Have a Right to...
7Analyzing an Author’s Style – Macaulay’s Unique Way of Explaining a Complex Process
7Investigating the Holocaust – A Collaborative Inquiry Project
7Building Background Knowledge - How Working Conditions Change: Chavez and the UFW
7Reading Closely and Writing to Learn – Journeys and Survival
7-8Persuasion Across Time and Space Analyzing and Producing Persuasive Texts
NEW8A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Comedy of Control
NEW8Research to Make A Point
8Researching to Deepen Understanding – Human Animal Interaction
8Building Evidence-Based Arguments – “E pluribus Unum”
8Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
8Text Analysis and Character Revelations - Flowers for Algernon
8Close Reading of “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin - A Common Core Unit for ELLs
8Sherlock Holmes - Reading like a Detective
8Reading Closely for Textual Details-“And, above all, we had to learn English.”
8UNBROKEN by Laura Hillenbrand and FAREWELL TO MANZANAR by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston
8Persuasion in a Digital World – Finding Solutions to Food Waste
8Voices from Little Rock – Understanding the Civil Rights Movement through Primary Sources
8Building Background Knowledge – War Coming Close to Home

Units for Grades 9-12

9Making Evidence-Based Claims - Plato’s Apology
9Building Evidence-Based Arguments – “What is the virtue of a proportional response?”
9Making Evidence-Based Claims About Literary Technique – “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber” by Ernest Hemingway
9Art and Poetry – English Language Arts and Visual Arts
9Making It Visual for ELL Students – Teaching History Using MAUS
NEW9-10Elusive Allusions: Unlocking Meanings
NEW9-10Writing Effective Research Papers for English Language Arts
9-10Primary Source Exemplar- Human Rights, Conflict and Social Change
9-10Reading Closely for Textual Details – “Brain Gain”
9-10Reading Closely for Textual Details – “Modern Battlefield”
9-10Words Matter
9-10Literacy – The Power of New Media
9-10Multimodal Autobiography Project
9-10Researching to Deepen Understanding – Technology
9-12Baseball, Race and Ethnicity – Rounding the Bases
10Making Evidence-Based Claims about Literary Technique – Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost
10Exploring Topics in Education
10Building Evidence-Based Arguments – Search Warrant
11Building Evidence-Based Arguments – “Cuplae poena par esto - Let the punishment fit the crime.”
11Making Evidence-Based Claims - Louise Erdrich, Tim O’Brien
11Making Evidence-Based Claims – “The Souls of Black Folk” W.E.B. DuBois
11Copyright Infringement or Not? The Debate over Downloading Music
11The Art of Persuasion and the Craft of Argument
NEW11-12Writing Research Papers
11-12Reading Closely for Textual Details – “Life Steps Almost Straight”
11-12Reading Closely for Textual Details – “Lay Down All My Joys”
11-12Researching to Deepen Understanding – Food
11-12Reading Closely for Textual Details – We, as a people, will get to the promised land!
12Making Evidence-Based Claims about Literary Technique - “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love,” Raymond Carver
12Building Evidence-Based Arguments – “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”
12Hamlet and Psychological Criticism
12Making Evidence Based Claims - Ronald Reagan, Hillary Clinton