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
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
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
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
3Literacy - Investigating Sharks
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
6Literacy in English Language Arts - Writing Editorials
6Researching to Deepen Understanding – Prehistoric Art
6Building Evidence-Based Arguments – Energy Crossroads
6Making Evidence-Based Claims - Steve Jobs
6Reading Closely for Textual Details - The Wolf That You Feed
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
7Researching to Deepen Understanding – Water
7Building Evidence-Based Arguments – “Doping can be that last 2 percent.”
7Children Have a Right to...
7Tom Sawyer - with support for ELLs
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
7Reading Closely for Textual Details – "At the Pole"
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
8Making Evidence-Based Claims – Truth, Chisholm, Williams

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
10Making Evidence-Based Claims – “Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and “A Just and Lasting Peace” [Nobel Lecture] President Barack Obama
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