In the Poetry unit, you will learn about forms of poetry, such as riddles, limericks, and abstract poetry, through reading and listening. You will also learn how to identify poetic elements, make connections, and construct meaning through inferring. You will produce your own poem that incorporates poetic elements. You will demonstrate fluency and appropriate speaking skills by recording your poem using expression and emphasis.
In the Biographies unit, you will understand and learn how to identify and apply a biography’s features and organization patterns. You will reflect on how listening, speaking, viewing, and representing skills contribute to writing. You will conduct research to write, revise, and reflect on your own biography. You will create an interesting and information collage to accompany your biography by applying graphic elements.
Narrative Writing: Short Stories
In the Narrative Writing: Short Stories unit, you will read short stories and learn to identify and apply story elements. You will learn how to identify a text’s main idea and supporting details and how to make inferences from conversations. You will learn how to brainstorm and plan for your own short story. After learning how to create a media text to accompany your short story, you will learn how to improve your story by editing and proofreading.
In the Informational Texts unit, you will learn to identify the purpose, topic, and audience of informational texts. You will use this new knowledge to brainstorm, write, and present your own informational text with an accompanying visual aid. You will learn to identify points of view and bias. Using listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, you will learn to compare and contrast informational texts based on audience response.
In the Communicating Effectively unit, you will learn how to identify and use non-verbal cues and active listening strategies, such as avoiding distractions, responding with appropriate facial expressions, body language, and polite questioning. You will also learn how to use visual elements, tone, and voice to enhance communication by identifying features of effective posters and newsletters. You will apply your new skills to create a newsletter with a purpose and target audience.
In the Media Texts unit, you will learn the difference between traditional and digital media features by focusing on billboard advertisements and elements such as images, slogans, and content. You will identify overt messaging and implied messaging, such as bias, generalization, and stereotypes. You will create your own media text. Throughout the unit, you will use reflective tools such as journaling, discussing, and visualizing. You will consider how listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills are effective for communication, and you will identify areas for improvement.
In the Novel Study unit, you will learn the distinguishing features of several types of fiction genres and demonstrate your comprehension skills using select reading strategies. You will learn to make judgments and draw conclusions by examining the differences between the elements of a novel and a newspaper. You will identify different points of view to write an article and a diary entry. You will also learn to make connections and use tone and expression to present your views in a audio recording.
In the Opinion Writing unit, you will learn how to use evidence to support your opinions and make connections to media texts. You will also learn how to gather information relevant to a specific topic and track and organize your sources. Finally, you will apply reading, writing, listening, and speaking strategies. You will reflect on your skills in each of these areas and how they contribute to your ability to follow the writing process to communicate a message to an audience.