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unit 3
16 Instructional days (16 hours)

Learning about the Red-Cross, and Writing an Opinion Speech


Students use their reading skills to analyze informational texts, building their background knowledge about the earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010. Simultaneously, they learn about writing and delivering an effective speech through an analysis of the joint speech given by President Obama and former presidents Clinton and Bush in the days after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. As a connection to Social Studies, students also read primary source documents to conduct research about how the United States, through multinational organizations such as the Red Cross, responds to disasters in the Western Hemisphere.


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From of the New York State Education Department. Grade 5 ELA Module 4, Unit 3. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29. Newer versions may exist from Expeditionary Learning.
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