Unit Plan

Unit 1: Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly Teacher Guide

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Erin Entrada Kelly's award-winning novel, Hello, Universe is the anchor text in this 236-page teacher guide. The guide includes introductions to the Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA) program and the unit, a unit calendar, 12 lessons with explicit directions, teacher resources, assessments, rubrics, and answer keys. Instructors new to the tale of unexpected friendships and those who have used Kelly's novel before will find the guide essential.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Set aside extra prep time to read the entire 236-page guide and prepare materials for the unit
  • Read the "Introduction to CKLA" carefully to gain an understanding of the approach used in the series
Classroom Considerations
  • The first of eight units in the Core Knowledge Teacher Guide Seventh Grade series
  • The units are cumulative and designed to be taught in order
  • Presumes middle schoolers are familiar with the CKLA program from previous grades
  • Additional directions are provided for those new to the program
  • Requires a copy of Hello, Universe for each class member
  • Requires projection devices
  • The guide includes suggestions for how to discuss the sensitive topics in the novel
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