Reading Unit Two

Dear Parents,

Our second unit of reading is entitled “Reading the Weather, Reading the World: Purposeful reading of Nonfiction”. The unit is based on a deep understanding and learning from nonfiction books.  

Students will be working on four skills through this unit; 

  1. Summarizing a text.
  2. Explaining how part of a text fits with the rest of the text, and why it’s important.
  3. Identifying and analyzing author’s craft techniques.
  4. Synthesizing information from two or more texts. 

For all four skills, students will need to be able to prove their answers by citing information and details from the texts. For example “I know this because in the text it says….”

In both, the pre-assessment and the post-assessment students will be reading and analyzing two related texts. 

Below you can find the questions stems the students will be asked to answer for the pre and post-assessments, along with guidelines that will help your child answer the questions fully.

You can use these questions stems at home to ask your child about their nightly reading. In this way, they will have practice with the four skills of our unit.

  1. Summarize the text.

When summarizing, remember to:

  • Write about the main idea.
  • Include carefully selected details that link to the main idea.
  • Use text structure in your response.
  • Keep your summary brief.
  • Write about the ideas in the text, not your own opinions.
2. How did _________ change from the beginning to the end of the story and why?

When writing about how part(s) of a text fit with others, remember to:

  • Explain why the part is important.
  • Explain how the part fits with the rest of the text.
3. What author’s craft techniques do you see the author using? Explain the craft technique the author used and why the author may have used this technique.

When analyzing author’s craft, remember to:

  • Identify craft technique(s) the author used.
  • Write about the writerly goal(s) the author seems to have been aiming toward.
  • Elaborate on this, writing at least a few sentences.
4. Both texts teach about an important subtopic. Explain briefly what these texts teach about ___(Insert shared subtopic)___.

When synthesizing, remember to:

  • Focus on the subtopic.
  • Include information from each text that fits with this subtopic.
  • Organize information into categories (if possible).


Please find resources attached.

Reading Unit 2 Rubric

Learning Progression Unit 2 Reading

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