In this unit, students apply what they have learned about point of view and narrative techniques in Unit 2 to plan and draft a first person narrative that builds out a scenario from The Most Beautiful Roof of the World by Kathryn Lasky. Students work in pairs to plan and draft a partner narrative in the first half of the unit. For the mid-unit assessment, students plan and draft a new first person narrative building out a new scenario from the text.
In the second half of the unit, students revise their partner narrative with a focus on pacing: speeding up parts of the narrative that are irrelevant to the plot and slowing down important action. For the end of unit assessment, students apply teacher feedback and the skills they have learned throughout the second half of the unit to revise the narrative they wrote independently for the mid-unit assessment. They also complete a task identifying the function of conjunctions, interjections, and prepositions--a focus of mini lessons throughout the unit. The unit ends with students working with their partner to compile their narrative writing from across the unit to create the final performance task, a Rainforest Adventures ebook.