Grade 3 ELA Module 4, Unit 3

Students performing a close read of a text.

In the final unit for this module, students bring their knowledge of the challenges of water to a focus on the solutions. Students develop an opinion about the “one thing” that should be done to ensure that everyone has access to clean water. In the first half of the unit, students read informational texts that focus on what people are doing to solve these water challenges. They also receive a Performance Task Invitation and listen to a model VoiceThread recording. Students engage in a discussion group to begin formulating their opinion about the one thing that should be done to ensure that everyone has clean water.Students use the information they have gathered from texts to develop their opinion. In the mid-unit assessment, students write an on-demand opinion paragraph about the one thing that should be done. Students then listen to a model VoiceThread multiple times to engage with, and fully understand, the final Performance Assessment Rubric. Students use the writing they did in Units 1 and 2 to develop the script for their VoiceThread recording of a public service announcement (PSA). For the end of unit assessment, students present their VoiceThread script to their peers. Through a process of critique, students give and receive peer feedback in order to make improvements to their final performance task PSA.

Unit 3 VoiceThread Model Recording
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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
W.3.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.
W.3.4 With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization...
W.3.6 With guidance and support from adults, use technology to produce and publish writing (using...

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