Reading about the Author’s Perspective: Why Do Authors Write about Natural Disasters?

It's all about perspective. Scholars view a note from the author in Eight Days. They determine the gist and discuss what they can learn about the author's background based on the note. They then complete a fishbowl activity in which they rotate groups to discuss all of the different perspectives on natural disasters they read in the text.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Discuss why perspectives about natural disasters may vary (type of disaster, previous experiences, etc.)
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson eight of nine in Grade 5 ELA Module 4, Unit 2
  • Complete lessons in order
Pros
  • Includes discussion in a variety of groups
  • Contains ways to meet the needs of all pupils
Cons
  • None
Common Core