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ELA G2:M1

Schools and Community

Each module is approximately 6-8 weeks of instruction broken into 3 units. The "week at a glance" chart in the curriculum map gives the big picture, breaking down the module into a detailed week-by-week view. It shows how the module unfolds, the focus of each week of instruction, and where the six assessments and the performance task occur.

Weeks 1–2 Unit 1: Building Our Background Knowledge: Schools and Their Importance

Instructional FocusCCS StandardsAssessments
  • Building background knowledge: What do I already know about school?
  • Focused read-aloud: What Does School Mean to You?: What is school, and why are schools important?
  • Focused read-aloud: The Dot: What is school, and why are schools important?
  • Recording our thinking in the What Is School? notebook
  • Practicing our discussion norms
  • Close read-aloud: The Invisible Boy: Ask and answer questions about how the little boy feels in different parts of the text
  • Responding to text through writing: Using details from the text to describe the boy’s feelings
  • Practicing our discussion norms
  • RL.2.1, RL.2.2, RL.2.3, RL.2.7, RI.2.1, RI.2.6, W.2.2, W.2.8, SL.2.1, SL.2.1a, L.2.4
  • Unit 1 Assessment: Writing in Response to The Invisible Boy (RL.2.1, RL.2.3, RL.2.7)

Weeks 3–4 Unit 2: Reading and Writing Informational Texts: Challenges in Going to School

Instructional FocusCCS StandardsAssessments
  • Close read-aloud: Off to Class: Research and note-taking of sections
  • Informative Writing; Writing about schools from Off to Class
  • Setting up writing partners
  • Continued research and note-taking of sections from Off to Class
  • Continued Informative Writing: Writing about a school from Off to Class
  • Readers Theater: Practicing and presenting plays about schools from Off to Class
  • RI.2.1, RI.2.2, W.2.2, W.2.8, SL.2.1, SL.2.1a, SL.2.1b, SL.2.1c, SL.2.3, L.2.2, L.2.4
  • Unit 2 Assessment: Reading and Writing about Schools around the World (RI.2.1, W.2.2)

Weeks 5–6 Unit 3: Performance Task: The Most Important Thing about Schools Books

Instructional FocusCCS StandardsAssessments
  • Researching similarities and differences: Comparing and contrasting my own school with schools from Off to Class
  • Speaking and Listening: Writing and talking about schools I am researching
  • Using the writing process to write “The Most Important Thing about Schools” book
  • Revising for carefully chosen words that show similarities
  • Editing for conventions
  • Celebrating our learning with a kindergarten class
  • RI.2.1, RI.2.7, W.2.2, W.2.5, W.2.7, W.2.8, SL.2.1, SL.2.1a, SL.2.1b, SL.2.1c, SL.2.3, SL.2.4, L.2.2
  • Unit 3 Assessment: Responding to Text through Speaking and Listening (SL.2.1b, SL.2.1c)
  • Final Performance Task: “The Most Important Thing about Schools” book (W.2.2, W.2.5, L.2.2)

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