PowerPoint Presentation (148 slides):
The NYS Common Core teacher's instruction guides for the first module, first unit is almost 200 pages (this includes student handouts). I have created a 148 PowerPoint slideshow that walks both the teacher and student through the module. I thought it might be helpful to other teachers as it helped me to become familiar and confident with the unit. I created this PowerPoint to coincide with all the additional handouts I created on this unit as well as many handouts found on the NYS ELA Common Core engageny.org website. I thought some of the student material was confusing for twelve-year-olds, so I created outlines and a final assessment that was much clearer. I put a free sample of the paragraph 2 expectations on this site. At the end of the unit there are instructions for students to follow to organize all their papers and write an extended response.
The PowerPoint includes the lessons that correspond with the Module. In addition, there are 30 new slides (added in 2016) that serve as post reading activities. This includes “Big Questions using a “Back to Back, Front to Front” discussion technique, examples of student work, and an activities discussion nuances in a personal narrative.
The entire unit required them to close read, gather evidence, and answer the essential question: "How do culture, time, and place influence Salva or Nya's identity?" My students really enjoyed reading the book. The assessment was challenging, but an excellent culmination for gathering and organizing information in addition to making thought provoking inferences. This PowerPoint had daily agenda with “sponge” activity, Learning Targets, Vocabulary development, learning strategies, seating placements, cooperative learning activities, homework assignments, a link to Salva’s nonprofit Water for South Sudan website, and much, much more.
There are many colorful photographs and maps embedded within as well. You can add/delete slides for your own teaching preferences. I hope you find this useful.