Grade 3 ELA Module 3A, Unit 2

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In Unit 2, students will look at Peter Pan through the lens of a writer. They will examine the author’s craft, specifically the use of dialogue and how the author uses vivid language to describe action. Students will then write their own imagined scene about Peter Pan, using their choice of two prompts. In the mid-unit assessment, students will write an on-demand imagined scene from a new prompt, applying their writing skills to a new scene. This assessment mirrors the writing instruction in this unit and asks students to apply those skills independently. The mid-unit assessment addresses their ability to craft a narrative scene. The prompt for the assessment requires students to connect to their reading and apply their knowledge of the character’s motivations, feelings, and actions to help them imagine and write their scene. This is a writing assessment and is not intended to assess their reading of Peter Pan. Rather, they draw on their experiences reading and writing about Peter Pan to support their on-demand writing. This narrative writing task centers on NYSP12 ELA Standard W.3.3

In the second half of Unit 2, students continue to consider how authors capture readers’ imaginations by reading and performing Readers Theater. They turn their attention to specific scenes of a script based on J.M. Barrie’s original 1904 play—Peter Pan; or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up—and compare those to scenes from their edition of Peter Pan. Students also will build fluency through Readers Theater, reading aloud and re-enacting excerpts from the Peter Pan script. (As an extension, students may perform their Readers Theater scenes for a real audience.) The End of Unit 2 Assessment has two parts. In Part 1, students read a script, analyzing it to plan for how they will deliver their lines. In Part 2, students perform their lines of a dialogue as a fluency assessment (while the teacher reads the other part and stage directions). The end of unit assessment centers on NYSP12 ELA Standards RL.3.3 and RF.3.4.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RL.3.3 Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their...
RL.3.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from...
W.3.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique,...

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