This unit plan is designed for English Learners in grades 3-5, but can be used in a variety of classrooms and contexts. The purpose of this unit is to emphasize admirable human traits that are in us all, but the unit directly focuses on Misty Copeland, Caine Monroy and Sacagawea. These everyday heroes provide a wide range of experiences, traits, and similarities that will resonate with our students. Misty Copeland was the first African American woman to be promoted to principal dancer. Caine Monroy was a young boy who used his creativity and passion to inspire creativity in other children. Sacagawea is a figure in our history books who might seem familiar, but do we really know her story? Students will learn about the sacrifices she made and how she should be celebrated over Lewis and Clark. Students will read texts, watch videos and work on describing others using adjectives and bubble maps.
This Unit Plan includes content and language objectives with a variety of engaging activities and teaching strategies. Thinking Maps and NUA strategies (National Urban Alliance) are embedded in this unit plan. Students will be highly engaged during this unit, while producing grade-level content through reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.