Unit Three – Reading
In our third unit of reading, we will again be looking at narrative stories. In this unit, we will explore and grow our understanding of historical fiction stories.
In historical fiction, the novels are based around a true historical event, however, the characters and plot of the story are invented by the author.
During this unit, students will be working in teacher-selected book club groups. Each group will work to read two or more historical novels over the six week period. Students will be assessed on their reading and comprehension of the books their groups read, along with their ability to work cooperatively with the group and their ability to do their share of the work.
At the end of the unit, the students will be assessed on the four skills of character analysis, describing the theme, explain how one part of the story fits with the whole, explain a character’s perspective.
For all four skills, students will need to be able to justify their answers by citing information and details from the story. For example “I know that Jane is a kind and caring person because…..”
You can use the questions stems below at home to ask your child about their nightly reading. In this way, they will have practice with the four skills of our unit.
When describing a character, remember to:
Inferring About Characters and Other Story Elements: Character Traits and Supporting Thinking with Text Evidence
|2. _(Character)_ has strong opinions about __(Situation in story)___ How would you describe _(Character)_ perspective?
|3. Reread lines/pages ( __ to ___). How is this part of the story important to the whole story?
When writing about how one part fits with the whole story, remember to:
Analyzing Parts of a Story in Relation to the Whole
|4. Write about a theme (or life lesson) that this story develops. Use details from the story to support your answer.
When writing about themes, remember to: