This unit was created after I attended a four day 2012 Common Core Summer Institute. This unit reflects the instructional shifts present in the Common Core.
These shifts include:
Instructional Shifts In ELA
(English Language Arts)
Balancing Information and Literary Text
Building Knowledge in the Disciplines
Staircase of Complexity
Writing From Sources
The skills addressed in this unit are the following:
First Week procedures for Reading Workshop including:
Interactive Read Aloud
Choosing just-right books
Setting Reading Goals
Talking about books
Reading and Discussion Tasks including:
Asking Questions (text-based)
Connections (text-to-self and text-to-text)
Capitals at the beginning of the sentence, geographic locations, and names
Writing about reading (answering text-based questions and retelling)
Authors chosen for this unit:
Cynthia Rylant (recommended by the Common Core)
Mo Willems Book Titles include:
Knuffle Bunny Too
Knuffle Bunny Free
Leonardo the Terrible Monster
Cynthia Rylant Book Titles include:
Henry and Mudge First Book of Adventures(recommended)
Henry and Mudge and the Long Weekend
Henry and Mudge and the Bedtime Thumps
Henry and Mudge Get the Cold Shivers
I hope you enjoy this unit and find value in the content. According to the Common Core it is recommended that we take a closer look at text. This may take 2 to 3 days with the same text. This may be a shift in your instruction. However, it allows the focus to go deeper. This unit is written to model this shift.
What is next... you may want to focus your next unit of study on non-fiction text as to ensure that you spend 50% of your time on non-fiction and 50% of your time on fiction. This unit is coming!
This unit was created for 2nd grade, but could be a used with a higher first grade class or a lower 3rd grade class.
It was written for 2nd grade, but I think with some modifications someone could do it with 1st or 3rd. Third could go deeper with the text based questions and retelling. First would have to do a lot more oral retelling and have a great deal of modeling (as does 2nd grade at this time of the year). Thank you for your feedback!
Yes,I plan to. I am working on a Nonfiction unit currently as well as a few other things. I am hoping to get them on before school starts (August 14th for me). Thank you for your feedback. That makes me want to work harder. :)
Thank you for taking the time to tell me what to fix rather than give me bad feedback. I have a folktale unit I am working on. I would like to send you a few weeks of it for free for helping me fix this one. Would you be interested? If you are leave me your email address, and I will get it to you. Or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will send it to you from there.
November 4, 2012
I would love to have something like this for fourth grade. Would it be hard to adapt this for the upper grades by changing the text?
I think the shifts represented are easy to adapt, but you will just want to choose much more complex text. The questions should be text based as well. So this unit might be used as a guide for what you might do, but the days spent on foundational skills and language skills are probably far too simplistic for 4th graders. I hope that answered the question.
September 29, 2012
Are you working on a non-fiction unit for the Common Core? I am very impressed by your Common Core Character Study unit.