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The Impact of Natural Disasters

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.

Week 1-2 Unit 1: Researching Natural Disasters: Physical Impact

Instructional FocusCCS StandardsAssessments

Week 1

  • Expert group research about natural disasters: How do natural disasters affect the people and places that experience them?
  • RI.5.4, RI.5.8, L.5.4, L.5.4a
  • Mid-Unit 1 Assessment: Analyzing How an Author Uses Reasons and Evidence to Support Points (RI.5.4, RI.5.8, and L.5.4a)

Week 2

  • Planning, writing, and recording a PSA
  • SL.5.4, SL.5.6, L.5.2, L.5.2a, L.5.2c
  • End of Unit 1 Assessment: Recording a PSA (SL.5.4, SL.5.6, and L.5.2a and L.5.2c)
  • Unit 2: Analyzing Literature about Natural Disasters: Human Impact

Weeks 3-4 Unit 2: Analyzing Literature about Natural Disasters: Human Impact

Instructional FocusCCS StandardsAssessments
  • Analyzing how visuals such as illustrations and video contribute to the meaning, tone, and beauty of a text.
  • Using synonyms, antonyms, and homographs to gain a deeper understanding of the meaning of words
  • RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.5.4, RL.5.7, RF.5.4, RF.5.4a, RF.5.4b, RF.5.4c, L.5.4 L.5.4a, L.5.5, L.5.5c
  • Mid-Unit 2 Assessment: Analyzing the Contribution of Multimedia (RL.5.1, RL.5.2, RL.5.4, RL.5.7, RF.5.4, L.5.4a, and L.5.5c)

Weeks 5-7 Unit 3: Taking Action: Preparing for Natural Disasters

Instructional FocusCCS StandardsAssessments
  • Writing an opinion essay about the most important supplies to include in an emergency preparedness kit.
  • Preparing for a presentation: creating prompt cards, creating an informational leaflet, and practicing.
  • Presenting to a live audience.
  • W.5.1, W.5.1a, W.5.1b, W.5.1c, W.5.1d, W.5.4, W.5.5, W.5.6, SL.5.4, SL.5.5, SL.5.6, L.5.2, L.5.2e
  • End of Unit 3 Assessment: Writing an Opinion Essay: Personal Items for my Emergency Preparedness Kit (W.5.1, W.5.4, W.5.5, W.5.6, and L.5.2e)
  • Performance Task: Responding to a Natural Disaster Presentation (SL.5.4, SL.5.5, and SL.5.6)
  • Below are the standards that are formally assessed in this module.

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