In Unit 3, students synthesize their understanding of the module guiding question “What is school, and why are schools important?” For the first half of the unit, students compare and contrast different schools from Off to Class with their own school as they answer the unit guiding question, “How are schools around world different? How are they similar?” They read one new section and revisit two previously read sections from Off to Class to gather information on how these schools are similar to their own school and how they are different. Students then choose one school they are most interested in to continue researching in small groups to further explore the unit guiding questions.
For the Unit 3 assessment, students use their research notes to participate in the Collaborative Conversations protocol in a small group. This protocol encourages them to use sentence starters to add on to their group members’ ideas and to ask for clarification when needed (SL.2.1b,c). This assessment also serves as scaffolding toward the performance task. In the second half of the unit, students complete the performance task by creating individual “The Most Important Thing about Schools” books. Finally, students share their books and perform their Readers Theater scripts with a kindergarten class during an end-of-module celebration.