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This unit is designed using the Van Tassel-Baska Integrated Curriculum Model. This unit is designed for third grade, specifically gifted learners. However, this is easily adapted to suit the needs of higher elementary or middle school. The standards covered are ELA and Social Studies. The unit includes a unit design, unit outline, graphic organizer and planning tools, rubrics needed and four lessons (lesson one, six, thirteen and sixteen).
The Change of Perspective: A Long Walk to Water unit will begin with the students developing an understanding of point of view/perspective. The students will begin by identifying the two perspectives found in the novel. The novel switches point of view throughout the narrative (differing in characters and time period). The students will develop a picture of who the characters are, as well as note the characters’ similarities and differences. Then, the students will examine how the two main characters’ point of views modify the presentation of events in the narrative. Then, the students will examine how the differing perspectives of the characters change the narrative (specifically focusing on the effect changing time periods has on the perspective of the two main characters).
Throughout the unit, the students will evaluate their own perspective of the issues addressed in the narrative (activating background knowledge). During the unit, students will research Sudan. As the students research the context of the narrative, the students will examine how acquiring new information changes their perspective of the narrative. The students will distinguish their point of view from the two main characters of the narrative. As the culminating task, the students will examine how their changing perspectives shape their understanding or interpretation of the content.
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