Morning Girl
Age 7-9: Concept 2 - Change: Unit 1

Experience life through the eyes of a brother and sister in the pre-Columbian Caribbean. Life on their island is dramatically changed when a hurricane blows through, but the biggest change is yet to come. Learn about voice and point of view in narration, and explore expressing ideas through journals and poetry.

This unit can be used independently but is designed to be used in conjunction with the science and social studies unit Changes in My Environment.


  • Able to read and comprehend chapter books on a 3rd or early 4th grade reading level
  • Can answer comprehension questions about a chapter in a journal
  • Able to write three or four sentences on a topic
  • Usually used by children in third grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Background Information (2 Days)
  • Lesson 2: Point of View (2 Days)
  • Lesson 3: The News
  • Lesson 4: The Rock
  • Lesson 5: Let's Write (2 Days)
  • Lesson 6: The Storm
  • Lesson 7: Visitors
  • Final Project: Poetry Night

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Analyze characters, including their traits, relationships, and changes. (Language Arts)
  • Answer relevant questions about text in writing and discussion. (Language Arts)
  • Connect and compare information within and across selections (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama) to experience and gain knowledge. (Language Arts)
  • Connect experiences and ideas with those of others through speaking and listening (Language Arts)
  • Develop drafts. (Language Arts)
  • Discuss similarities and differences in events, characters, and concepts within and across texts. (Language Arts)
  • Discuss the effect of an author's choices for nouns, verbs, modifiers, and specific vocabulary that help the reader comprehend a narrative or expository text. (Language Arts)
  • Distinguish between fact and fiction. (Language Arts)
  • Draw and discuss visual images based on text descriptions. (Language Arts)
  • Edit for appropriate grammar, spelling, punctuation, and features of polished writing. (Language Arts)
  • Edit writing toward standard grammar and usage, including subject-verb agreement, pronoun agreement, and appropriate verb tenses. (Language Arts)
  • Generate ideas for writing by using prewriting techniques such as drawing and listing key thoughts. (Language Arts)
  • Identify the importance of the setting to a story's meaning. (Language Arts)
  • Locate and discuss author's specific word choice. (Language Arts)
  • Make inferences and draw conclusions. (Language Arts)
  • Participate in rhymes and songs. (Language Arts)
  • Present dramatic interpretations of experiences, stories, poems, or plays. (Language Arts)
  • Read and comprehend text by recognizing its structure. (Language Arts)
  • Read expository materials for answers to specific questions. (Language Arts)
  • Read orally with fluency. (Language Arts)
  • Respond to stories and poems in ways that reflect understanding and interpretation through writing, movement, music, art, poetry, and drama. (Language Arts)
  • Retell a spoken message by summarizing or clarifying. (Language Arts)
  • Revise selected drafts to achieve a sense of audience, precise word choices, and vivid images. (Language Arts)
  • Use text for a variety of functions. (Language Arts)
  • Write structured, informative presentations and narratives when given help with organization. (Language Arts)
  • Write to record ideas and reflections. (Language Arts)
  • Analyze environmental issues, past and present, and determine their impact on different cultures. (Social Studies)
  • Analyze the effects of change in communities and predict future changes. (Social Studies)
  • Compare similarities and differences among cultures in various communities. (Social Studies)
  • Compare similarities and differences between self and others. (Social Studies)
  • Define geography. (Social Studies)
  • Describe similarities and differences among families in different communities. (Social Studies)
  • Use geographic terms to describe landforms, bodies of water, weather, and climate. (Social Studies)
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