Unit Plan

Unit 1: Contemporary Fiction - They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid’s Poems by David Bowles

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They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid's Poems by David Bowles is the focus of a five-week language arts unit unit. Fifth graders listen to various poems and participate in thoughtful discussions, examining vocabulary and learning new words in each lesson. Writing opportunities throughout the unit allow pupils to explore their family heritage and draft a fictional narrative.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Read the introduction to learn about the Core Knowledge curriculum, the unit's mission, and other details about the unit
  • Create a focus wall that showcases the unit's concepts, vocabulary, and images; update the wall with every unit of the series
  • Begin a portfolio to organize pupils' work for use during grading and conferences
Classroom Considerations
  • The first of nine ELA units created for fifth graders by Core Knowledge
  • This unit is designed to be performed at the start of the school year, followed sequentially by other units in the curriculum
  • Set aside ample prep time to make copies and gather materials
  • Lessons are carefully scaffolded to support learning
  • Unit plan offers tips and resources to assist in discussing sensitive topics
  • Includes a color-coded pacing calendar
  • None