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Montgomery Bus Boycott ELA-S Unit Overview
Grade: 5 Unit: 6
Duration: 26 days Dates: April 14--June 5, 2015

Essential Questions

  • How does an author use narrative structure and techniques to tell a true story?

  • How can people effect social change?

  • ¿Cómo usa un narrador la estructura y las técnicas narrativas y para contar una historia.

  • ¿Cómo pueden las personas influir en un cambio social?

Unit Overview

In this unit, fifth graders strengthen their nonfiction literacy skills while learning about the Montgomery bus boycott. During the first week, students read texts that not only build background knowledge about the civil rights movement, but also introduce students to the hybrid genre of narrative nonfiction. In accordance with the language allocation guidelines, the first week will be instructed in Spanish and then students will Bridge their learning into English with reading and writing bridge lessons provided. After the Bridge,students continue to explore narrative nonfiction through grade-level complex texts focused on the Montgomery bus boycott, culminating in the reading of Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott by Russell Freedman. For students to access grade-level complex texts, two structures are integrated throughout the unit: close reading and text-dependent questions. At the end of the unit, students have the tools and knowledge to produce a piece of quality narrative nonfiction centered on one historical figure from Freedom Walkers. Fifth graders will be able to synthesize information from several sources, including texts and websites, and use that information to write their own narrative nonfiction stories. Students wrap up the unit with oral presentations of their stories during Writing Workshop.
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