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module 3B
36 Instructional days (36 hours)

Understanding Perspectives: Sustaining the Oceans


In this module, students study how an author develops point of view and how an author’s perspective, based on his or her geographic location, is evident in his or her writing. Students consider point of view as they learn about ocean conservation and the impact of human activities on life in the oceans. Through close reading, students will learn multiple strategies for acquiring and using academic vocabulary. In Unit 1, students read the first five chapters of Mark Kurlansky’s World without Fish, a literary nonfiction text about fish depletion in the world’s oceans. They analyze how point of view and perspective is conveyed in excerpts of the text and trace the idea of fish depletion in both the main text and the graphic novel at the end of each chapter to describe how the idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated on in the text.


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From of the New York State Education Department. Grade 6 ELA Module 3B. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29. Newer versions may exist from Expeditionary Learning.
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