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unit 2
17 Instructional days (17 hours)

Analyzing Literature about Natural Disasters: Inferring about Impact on Survivors


Throughout the unit they will discuss the guiding question: “What can literature about natural disasters teach us about their impact on the people who experience them?” Students will first read the picture book Eight Days: A Story of Haiti, and discuss text-dependent questions to infer about the impact of this disaster on the characters in the story. They will then collaborate to write a shared literary analysis essay that focuses on the narrator’s point of view to infer about how this influences how events are described in the text. Students will then analyze imagery and figurative language in the text to determine how these elements contribute to the meaning of the story.


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From of the New York State Education Department. Grade 5 ELA Module 4, Unit 2. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29. Newer versions may exist from Expeditionary Learning.
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