10/19/13 Atlas - Focus on Lang. and Craft: Hist. Fiction

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Brief Description of Unit

A variety of novels link to the Middle Ages study. Students will complete a "partner read" on a chosen novel. They will then prepare and present a reader's theater enactment of a particular scene and debrief this for the class.

Stage 1: Desired Results

Enduring Understandings

Students will appreciate the link between history and historical fiction. Student will understand the form of performance know as readers theater.

Essential Questions

How does fiction reflect history? What is readers theater?

Content Standards

English Language Arts, Grade 5 , Reading 2.0 Reading, Comprehension (Focus on Informational Materials) Students read and understand grade­level­appropriate material. They describe and connect the essential ideas, arguments, and perspectives of the text by using their knowledge of text structure, organization, and purpose. Students read at least 25 books or book equivalents during the school year. The selections in Recommended Literature: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (2002) illustrate the quality and complexity of the materials to be read by students and should include traditional and contemporary literature (both fiction and non­fiction) as well as magazines, newspapers, and on­line materials. In addition, materials should represent diverse cultures and genders.

Structural Features of Information Materials

2.1 Understand bow text features (e.g., format, graphics, sequence,

diagrams, illustrations, charts, maps) make information accessible

Required Content and Vocabulary


Readers theater historical fiction protagonist antagonist setting

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English Language Arts 7 > Focus on Lang. and Craft: Hist. Fiction

Grade 7, Literacy/Language Arts/English, Middle School

Unit: Focus on Lang. and Craft: Hist. Fiction (Week 12, 10 Weeks)

10/19/13 Atlas - Focus on Lang. and Craft: Hist. Fiction

diagrams, illustrations, charts, maps) make information accessible and usable.

2.2 Analyze text that is organized in sequential or chronological order.

Comprehension and Analysis of Grade­Level­Appropriate Text

2.4 Draw inferences, conclusions, or generalizations about text and support them with evidence from text and prior knowledge.

3.0 Literary Response and Analysis Students read and respond to historically or culturally significant works of literature. They begin to find ways to clarify the ideas and make connections between literary works. Students also read and respond to a wide variety of significant works of children’s literature. They distinguish between the structural features of the text and the literary terms or elements (e.g., theme, plot, setting, characters). Students read and comprehend at least four books about one issue or subject, or four books by a single writer, or four books in one genre.

Structural Features of Literature

3.1 Identify and analyze the characteristics of poetry, drama, fiction, and nonfiction and explain the appropriateness of the literary forms chosen by an author for a specific purpose.

Narrative Analysis of Grade­Level­Appropriate Text

3.2 Identify the main problem or conflict of the plot and explain how it is resolved.

3.3 Contrast the actions, motives (e.g., loyalty, selfishness, conscientiousness), and appearances of characters in a work of fiction and discuss the importance of the contrasts to the plot or theme.

Stage 2: Assessment Evidence


Please attach summative assessments and rubrics; optionally formative assessments and student examples

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10/19/13 Atlas - Focus on Lang. and Craft: Hist. Fiction

Stage 3: Learning Activities

Learning Activities Resources

Stage 4: Reflection

Reflections & Notes

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