• Elementary Literacy Third Grade, Quarter 2 Unit 2

    Subject: Literacy
    Grade: Third
    Timeline: 4 - 4 1/2 weeks

    Quarter 2 Unit 2 Overview:  

    In this 4-4 ½ week unit, students read biographies of musicians, artists, and inventors of the early 20th century.  Students identify and interpret statements of fact and opinion from nonfictional text as they make inferences and draw conclusions.  They will identify author’s purpose for writing texts including informational, biographical, and instructional.  Students will read and write poetry, with a focus on personification, while developing oral fluency.  Writing will include informative/explanatory texts that introduce a topic with facts, definitions, and details to convey ideas and information clearly. Paragraphs should include complex sentences using temporal and/or linking words and phrases, and a concluding statement.  They will use their knowledge of language and its conventions as they write, speak, read and listen.  During this time period, students will be introduced to five words per week (four high frequency words and one word from the prefix/suffix weekly focus).  The teacher will model comprehension strategies while providing opportunities for guided and independent practice. The block framework provides opportunities for modeling, guided practice, and independent practice necessary for students’ mastery of the competencies of this unit. 

    Quarter 2 Unit 2 Performance Task:
    The Performance Task for this unit has been removed and replaced with a CLOSE READ that includes a culminating activity

    Focus Standards:
    RF3.3-Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
    RF.3.4-Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
    RL.3.4-Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
    RL.3.9-Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series).
    RI.3.1-Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
    RI.3.2-Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
    RI.3.4-Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.
    RI.3.7-Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).
    W.3.2-Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
    W.3.10-Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
    SL.3.1- Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
    SL.3.2-Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
    L.3.1-Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
    L.3.2-Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
    L.3.3-Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
    L.3.4-Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning word and phrases based on grade 3 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
    L.3.5-Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships and nuances in word meanings.

    Student Objectives/Competencies:  
    Students will be able to…
    -summarize key information 
    -identify main ideas of a text and supporting details
    -identify and distinguish between components of fiction and nonfiction texts
    -use and cite evidence from text to make generalizations, inferences and draw conclusions
    -use organizational features of text (e.g., cause and effect, question/answer, sequence, compare/contrast, problem/solution)
    -recognize and use mode specific characteristics of writing
    -construct complex sentences
    -construct a timeline that accurately represents important information
    -make inferences
    -compare and contrast texts
    -describe author’s point of view
    -ask and answer text dependent questions
    -read graphs or maps
    -write opinion pieces

    District Assessment

    • Skill based groups
    • Reading level groups
    • DRA2

    Interdisciplinary Connections:
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