In Unit 2, students read short literary texts about the human impact of natural disasters. These texts include Eight Days: A Story of Haiti by Edwidge Danticat, a song about the 2011 tsunami in Japan, and a poem about the impact of Hurricane Katrina on people in New Orleans. In the first half of the unit, students read the texts aloud for fluency and analyze the texts' visuals for how they contribute to the meaning, tone, and beauty of the text. They also identify synonyms, antonyms, and homographs to dig deeper into the meaning of words. For the mid-unit assessment, students read and watch a video of a poem about the earthquake in Haiti and determine the meaning of words and phrases, as well as analyze the visuals for how they contribute to the meaning, tone, and beauty.
In the second half of the unit, students reread the texts from the first half to analyze how the narrator's and speaker's point of view influences the way events are described in the texts. For the end of unit assessment, students reread the poem introduced in the mid-unit assessment and analyze how the speaker's point of view influences the way the events are described