In Unit 2, students continue their study of pollinators by reading and writing opinion pieces. Specifically, students learn about the challenges facing bats and butterflies. In the first part of the unit, students read two opinion texts, A Place for Bats by Melissa Stewart and “Bats’ Roosts in Danger!” written by EL Education, which describe the dangers facing bats and different actions people can take to address them. Building on the research skills students learned in Module 3, the class records class notes about these dangers. In Lesson 6, students complete Part I of the Unit 2 Assessment by reading an opinion text independently, answering selected response questions, and completing a table to compare two texts (RI.2.1, RI.2.2, RI.2.8, RI.2.9).
In the second part of the unit, students read about the dangers facing butterflies using the texts A Place for Butterflies by Melissa Stewart and “Help Protect Butterflies!” written by EL Education. Students continue to hone their research skills by recording class notes, which they also use as evidence in their written piece. In Lesson 8, students complete Part II of the Unit 2 Assessment by drafting a paragraph (across several days) about why butterflies are important to plants and animals, using reasons collected on the class notes to support their opinion (W.2.1). Throughout the unit, students also consider habits of character that help them contribute to a better world; this character work lays the foundation for their performance task in Unit 3.