In this unit (which centers on research standards W.7.6 and W.7.7 and also addresses some aspects of W.7.8), students will explore how businesses can affect working conditions, both positively and negatively. First, students are introduced to the idea of current working conditions through a short case study on Wegmans, a popular New York employer. Then, using skills and concepts developed in Units 1 and 2, students will engage in a short research project on current working conditions in the garment industry. In particular, students will learn to gather relevant information, ask supporting research questions, and paraphrase information from sources. As students research, they will keep track of their notes in the researcher's notebook.
In the Mid-Unit 3 Assessment, students will answer selected-response questions about a research text that the class has not yet discussed. In the End of Unit 3 Assessment, they will synthesize the information they gathered in their research into several paragraphs. Both assessments focus on W.7.7 and W.7.8, but the Mid-Unit 3 Assessment focuses more on gathering relevant information and asking questions, while the end of unit assessment focuses more on paraphrasing and synthesizing information to answer a research question. As a final performance task, students create a consumer's guide (targeting a teenage audience) to buying clothing. This guide provides an overview of working conditions and explains how consumers might respond to this information. This task focuses on NYSP12 ELA Standards W.7.2, W.7.4, W.7.6, W.7.7, W.7.8, SL.7.1b, L.7.1, L.7.2, L.7.3, and L.7.6.