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Reading: EL Education
In the first half of the unit, students read an informational text to build background knowledge about the author, J.M. Barrie, and some of the relevant aspects of society in Great Britain at the time the novel was written. Students then focus on analyzing how the events in each chapter build on what came before, and they consider how the illustrations in the first four chapters of Peter Pan contribute to the meaning of the text. After reading each chapter, students make connections between the historical context and the content of the chapter.
In the second half of the unit, through teacher-guided close reading, independent close reading, and discussion, students analyze the characters by carefully examining the traits, motivations, actions, and points of view of the novel’s main characters. They also analyze figurative language, word relationships, and shades of meaning to gain a deeper understanding of the meaning of the text.
Students will also be engaging in another new literacy component called the ALL Block. This is where students will participate in reading rotations that meet each of their literacy needs. Those rotations will consist of Fluency/GUM, Complex Text, Word Work, Independent Reading, and Work on Writing.
Homework resources provided by WCPSS can be found here: EL Homework Resources