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unit 3
17 Instructional days (17 hours)

Inventions That Changed People’s Lives


Students will return to the genre of the graphic novel, reviewing the elements that make this type of work uniquely suited to conveying an author’s complex ideas in an engaging format. Then they will work within expert groups to conduct research on one of two inventions that changed people’s lives: the traffic signal (invented by Garrett A. Morgan) or the airplane (invented by the Wright brothers). Students will read short pieces of challenging informational text and be guided through the process of paraphrasing and note-taking to gather information.


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Foundational Reading and Language Standards, Show the Rule (TM) Example Lesson Sequence: Writing with Capital Letters

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