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ELA G8:M3A:U1

Varying Perspectives on World War II

Each unit is made up of a sequence of between 5-20 lessons. The “unit at a glance” chart in the curriculum map breaks down each unit into its lessons, to show how the curriculum is organized in terms of standards address, supporting targets, ongoing assessment, and protocols. It also indicates which lessons include the mid-unit and end-of-unit assessments.

Lesson 1Launching the Text: Building Background Knowledge on Louie Zamperini and World War II (Preface, Pages 3–6)

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1. Opening

A. Engaging the Reader: Read-aloud (10 minutes)
B. Unpacking the Learning Targets (5 minutes)

2. Work Time

A. Gallery Walk: World War II (15 minutes)
B. Establishing Reading Routines: Reading Homework with Structured Notes (5 minutes)

3. Closing and Assessment

A. Debrief Learning Targets (5 minutes)
B. Preview Homework (5 minutes)

4. Homework

A. Reread the preface and complete a first read of pages 3–6 (to page break). Complete the focus question and vocabulary on the structured notes.

  • Notice/Wonder note-catcher
  • Gallery Walk

Lesson 2Analyzing Character: Louie Zamperini

Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

1. Opening

A. Engaging the Reader: Structured Notes Vocabulary Square (5 minutes)

    B. Reviewing the Learning Targets (3 minutes)

    2. Work Time 

    A. New Discussion Appointments: Pacific Theater Partners (8 minutes)
    B. Inferring Character: Chalkboard Splash (15 minutes)
    C. Turn and Talk: Building on Homework (7 minutes)

    3. Closing and Assessment

    A. QuickWrite and Preview Homework (7 minutes)

    4. Homework

    A. Complete a first read of pages 6-12 in Unbroken and complete the structured notes.

    • Unbroken structured notes, preface, pages 3–6 (from homework)
    • Vocabulary Square
    • QuickWrite: Allusions
    • Chalkboard Splash

    Lesson 3Close Reading: Louie’s Change of Heart

    Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

    1. Opening

    A. Engaging the Reader: Frayer Model (10 minutes)
    B. Reviewing Learning Targets (2 minutes)

    2. Work Time

    A. Close Reading: Louie's Change of Heart (20 minutes)
    B. Understanding Louie: Character Traits Anchor Chart (8 minutes)

    3. Closing and Assessment

    A. Debrief Learning Targets and Preview Homework (5 minutes)

    4. Homework

    A. Complete a first read of pages 13-18 in Unbroken and fill in the structured notes.

    • Unbroken structured notes, pages 6–12 (from homework)
    • Text-dependent questions

    Lesson 4Building Background Knowledge: “War in the Pacific,” Part 1

    Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

    1. Opening

    A. Engaging the Reader: Structured Notes Focus Question (5 minutes)

    2. Work Time

    A. First Read: "War in the Pacific" (10 minutes)
    B. Give One, Get One (15 minutes)
    C. Geography of the Pacific Theater (10 minutes)

    3. Closing and Assessment

    A. Debrief Learning Targets (3 minutes)
    B. Preview Homework (2 minutes)

    4. Homework

    A. Complete a first read of pages 19-27 in Unbroken and fill in the structured notes.

    • Unbroken structured notes, pages 13–18 (from homework)
    • Vocabulary in “War in the Pacific”
    • Give One-Get One-Move On

    Lesson 5Building Background Knowledge: “War in the Pacific,” Part 2

    Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

    1. Opening

    A. Engaging the Reader: Structured Notes Focus Question (5 minutes)
    B. Reviewing Learning Target (5 minutes)

    2. Work Time

    A. Building Background Knowledge: “War in the Pacific” (30 minutes)

    3. Closing and Assessment

    A. Debrief Learning Target (2 minutes)
    B. Preview Homework (3 minutes)

    4. Homework

    A. Complete a first read of pages 28–37 in Unbroken and fill in the structured notes.

    • Ongoing Assessment
    • Unbroken structured notes, pages 19–27 (from homework
    • Understanding Perspectives: Pearl Harbor graphic organizer

    Lesson 6Studying Conflicting Information: Varying Perspectives on the Pearl Harbor Attack, Part 1

    Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

    1. Opening

     A. Engaging the Reader: Structured Notes Focus Question (4 minutes)

     B. Review Learning Targets (2 minutes)

    2. Work Time

     A. Understanding Varying Perspectives: “Day of Infamy” Speech (35 minutes)

    3. Closing and Assessment

    A. Debriefing Learning Targets (2 minutes)

    B. Preview Homework (2 minutes)

    4. Homework

     A. Complete a first read of pages 38-47 in Unbroken and fill in the structured notes

    • Unbroken structured notes, pages 28–37 (from homework)
    • Text-dependent questions from “Day of Infamy” speech 

    Lesson 7Building Background Knowledge: The Pearl Harbor Attack: Unbroken, Pages 38–47

    Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

    1. Opening

     A. Engaging the Reader (5 minutes)

     B. Review Learning Targets (2 minutes)

    2. Work Time

     A. Close Reading: War with Japan: Unbroken, Pages 38-47 (25 minutes)

     B. Read-aloud: “Fourteen-Part Message”(10 minutes)

    3. Closing and Assessment

     A. Debrief Learning Target (1 minutes)

     B. Preview Homework (2 minutes)

    4. Homework

    A. Reread the “Fourteen-Part Message.” Record the gist in the spaces provided in the left-hand column and add vocabulary words of your choice to the vocabulary chart. 

    • Unbroken structured notes, pages 38–47 (from homework)
    • Text-dependent questions from “Fourteen-Part Message” 
    • Think-Write-Pair-Share

    Lesson 8Studying Conflicting Information: Varying Perspectives on the Pearl Harbor Attack, Part 2

    Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

    1. Opening

     A. Engaging the Reader: Discussing the Gist (4 minutes)

     B. Review Learning Targets (2 minutes)

    2. Work Time

     A. Understanding Varying Perspectives: “Fourteen-Part Message” (25 minutes)

     B. Contrasting Perspectives: Mix and Mingle (10 minutes)

    3. Closing and Assessment

     A. Review Learning Targets (2 minutes)

     B. Preview Homework (2 minutes)

    4. Homework

     A. Read pages 51-60 in Unbroken, as well as the summary of pages 60-73 found on the structured notes handout. Complete the structured notes.

    • Text-dependent questions from the “Fourteen-Part Message”

    Lesson 9Connecting Ideas in Primary and Secondary Sources: What Led to the Attack on Pearl Harbor?

    Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

    1. Opening

    A. Engaging the Reader: Structured Notes Focus Question (4 minutes)

    B. Review Learning Targets (2 minutes)

    2. Work Time

    A. Understanding Varying Perspectives: The Pearl Harbor Attack (25 minutes)

    B. Preparing for Mid-Unit 1 Assessment: Fishbowl Note-catcher: Understanding Perspectives on the Pearl Harbor Attack (10 minutes)

    3. Closing and Assessment

    A. Debrief Learning Targets (2 minutes)

    B. Preview Homework (2 minutes)

    4. Homework

    A. Complete Part A of the Mid-Unit 1 Assessment: Fishbowl Note-catcher: Understanding Perspectives on the Pearl Harbor Attack (either the “Day of Infamy” or the “Fourteen Part Message” version) to turn in at the beginning of the next class as part of the mid-unit assessment. 

    • Unbroken structured notes, pages 51–60, and summary of pages 60–73 (from homework)
    • Analyzing Perspectives recording form

    Lesson 10Mid-Unit Assessment and Author’s Craft: Narrative Techniques

    Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

    1. Opening

    A. Collecting the Mid-unit 1 Assessment (4 minutes)

    B. Engaging the Reader: Focus Question and Review Learning Targets (6 minutes)

    2. Work Time

    A. Author’s Craft: Things Good Writers Do (20 minutes)

    B. Analyzing Voice: Active and Passive Sentences (10 minutes)

    3. Closing and Assessment

    A. Debrief Learning Targets and Preview Homework (5 minutes)

    4. Homework

    A. Complete a first read of pages 73–77 and 85–89 in Unbroken, plus the summaries of pages 78–85 and 91–113 provided in the structured notes.  Complete the structured notes.

    • Mid-Unit 1 Assessment: Fishbowl Note-catcher: Understanding Perspectives on the Pearl Harbor Attack (from homework)
    • Unbroken structured notes, pages 51–60, and summary of pages 60–73 (from homework)
    • Active and Passive Sentences handout
    • Think-Write-Pair-Share

    Lesson 11Author’s Craft: Analyzing Narrative Techniques (Pages 73–113)

    Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

    1. Opening

    A Engaging the Reader: Vocabulary (5 minutes)

    B. Review Learning Targets (2 minutes)

    2. Work Time

    A. Written Conversation: Focus Question (10 minutes)

    B. Author’s Craft: Analyze Active and Passive Voice (20 minutes)

    C. Return Mid-Unit 1 Fishbowl Note-catcher (5 minutes)

    3. Closing and Assessment

    A. Debrief Learning Targets (3 minutes)

    4. Homework

    A. Revise the Mid-Unit 1 Fishbowl Note-catcher based on teacher feedback.

    • Unbroken structured notes, pages 73–133 (from homework)
    • Vocabulary Word Sort
    • Written Conversation
    • Think-Write-Pair-Share
    • Written Conversation

    Lesson 12End of Unit Assessment: Fishbowl Discussion, Part 1: Comparing Conflicting Accounts of the Pearl Harbor Attack

    Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

    1. Opening

    A. Engaging the Reader: Goal-setting (10 minutes)

    2. Work Time

    A. End of Unit 1 Assessment: Fishbowl Discussion, Part 1 (20 minutes)

    B. Fishbowl Debrief, Part 1 (10 minutes)

    3. Closing and Assessment

    A. Preview Homework (5 minutes)

    4. Homework

    A. Complete a first read of pages 114–121 and 125–130 in Unbroken, plus the summary of pages 131–140 provided in the structured notes. Complete the structured notes.

    • Mid-Unit 1 Assessment: Fishbowl note-catcher
    • End of Unit 1 Assessment: Fishbowl Discussion, Part 1: Comparing Conflicting Accounts of the Pearl Harbor Attack
    • (specifically the goals based on the rubric)
    • Fishbowl

    Lesson 13End of Unit Assessment: Fishbowl Discussion, Part 2: Comparing Conflicting Accounts of the Pearl Harbor Attack

    Agenda Daily Learning Targets Ongoing Assessment Anchor Charts & Protocols

    1. Opening

    A. Engaging the Reader: Review Discussion Goals (2 minutes)

    2. Work Time

    A. End of Unit 1 Assessment: Fishbowl Discussion, Part 2 (20 minutes)

    B. Fishbowl Debrief, Part 2 (10 minutes)

    3. Closing and Assessment

    A. Exit Ticket: Fishbowl Discussion Wrap-Up (12 minutes)

    B. Preview Homework (1 minute)

    4. Homework

    A. Read two sections in Unbroken, along with two summaries included in the structured notes. Complete the structured notes.

    • Mid-Unit 1 Assessment: Fishbowl note-catcher
    • End of Unit 1 Assessment: Fishbowl Discussion, Part 2: Comparing Conflicting Accounts of the Pearl Harbor Attack
    • (specifically the goals based on the rubric)
    • Exit Ticket: Fishbowl Discussion Wrap-Up
    • Fishbowl

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