In this second unit, students further develop their ability to comprehend informational text by hearing and reading a variety of nonfiction sources about roles people played in a colonial settlement and how necessary their interdependence was for survival. To build students' background knowledge, the class will work together to study the wheelwright, a colonial tradesperson. They will then work in research expert groups as they become experts in one specific colonial trade. Student will select from shoemaker, cooper, blacksmith, builder/carpenter, and printer.
Students will study a variety of informational texts and also will learn the importance of citing sources by keeping a list of key sources they used during their research. With an emphasis on making inferences, summarizing informational text, and basic research (note taking, pulling together information from a variety of texts, and sorting information into research categories), students synthesize information form multiple sources. This research will serve as the foundation of their culminating performance task (Unit 3)