In Unit 1, students launch their learning about schools by focusing on the guiding question: "What is school, and why are schools important?" The unit begins by asking students to reflect on this question using a context they already know: their own school. Participating in a series of focused read-alouds of What Does School Mean to You? written by EL Education and The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds helps them develop a deeper definition of what school is and why schools are important. As students work through the first half of the unit, they capture their learning in the What Is School? notebook.
During the second half of the unit, students engage in a series of close read-alouds of The Invisible Boy, a narrative by Trudy Ludwig. Through the reading of this narrative, students deepen and extend their understanding of schools and why they are important. For the Unit 1 Assessment, students participate in a less scaffolded close read-aloud of The Invisible Boy, during which they demonstrate their understanding of the text by listening and answering questions about a particular section of the text. (RL.2.1, RL.2.3, and RL.2.7)