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unit 1
13 Instructional days (13 hours)

Reading Closely and Writing to Learn: Adversities in Medieval Times


In this first unit of the module, students build their informational reading skills and background knowledge about medieval times through a guided research project. Through the close reading of a general information article about medieval times, teachers introduce the skills of determining the central idea of a text, determining the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, and analyzing how particular parts of the text contribute to its overall meaning. While reading these articles, students consider the different adversities faced by people in the Middle Ages. Students then work in small research groups to practice informational reading skills and learn more deeply about the adversities faced by a specific group of people in medieval times.


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From of the New York State Education Department. Grade 6 ELA Module 2B, Unit 1. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29. Newer versions may exist from Expeditionary Learning.
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