Reading Unit Three

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.

Sample Questions:

  1. What kind of person is __________?

When describing a character, remember to:

  • Show that you know the character is complicated (tell more than one trait)
  • Tell about the character’s motivations (why do they do what they do?)
  • Give details from different parts of the story that support your understanding of the character.

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?

  • When writing about perspective, remember to:
  • Write about how the character feels about something important in the story. 
  • Explain how the character’s life experience or role affects his/her feelings. 

Analyzing 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:

  • Name the story element that is highlighted in this part of the story.
  • Explain how this part fits with the other parts
  • Use words like tension, resolution, setting, or other words that show what you know about story elements or the author’s craft.

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:

  • Write about how a theme that comes through in different parts of the story.
  • Discuss parts from early and late in the story that show this theme. 
  • Explain how those parts from across the story support this theme.

Determining Themes/Cohesion

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