The View from Saturday
Age 9-11: Concept 1 - Relationships: Unit 2

Follow a diverse group of kids that come together to form an Academic Bowl team. Each child has his or her own unique story to share, and the relationships that form between them enable them to understand the true meaning of friendship. Learn about many different types of verbs (e.g. helping verbs, linking verbs, passive verbs, and active verbs), and how to use them effectively.

This unit can be used independently, but it is also designed to be used concurrently with the science and social studies unit Energy.


  • Able to read and comprehend novels at a late 5th or 6th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Usually used by children in fifth grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: The Academic Bowl
  • Lesson 2: Florida
  • Lesson 3: Sea Turtles
  • Lesson 4: Report Writing (2 Days)
  • Lesson 5: Epiphany, New York
  • Lesson 6: Adventures in Wonderland
  • Lesson 7: Annie
  • Lesson 8: The Souls
  • Lesson 9: Kindness (2 Days)
  • Final Project: An Afternoon Tea (3 Days)

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, motivations, conflicts, points of view, relationships, and changes they undergo. (Language Arts)
  • Articulate and discuss themes and connections that cross cultures. (Language Arts)
  • Compare text events with his own experiences. (Language Arts)
  • Connect, compare, and contrast ideas, themes, and issues across text. (Language Arts)
  • Define and identify figurative language. (Language Arts)
  • Distinguish between a speaker's opinions and verifiable facts. (Language Arts)
  • Exhibit an identifiable voice in personal narratives and in stories. (Language Arts)
  • Frame central questions about a topic. (Language Arts)
  • Frame thoughtful questions. (Language Arts)
  • Identify and use adverbs. (Language Arts)
  • Identify how the use of language reflects a culture. (Language Arts)
  • Interpret ideas from a text through varied means such as journal writing, discussion, and reenactment. (Language Arts)
  • Interpret speakers' messages and perspectives. (Language Arts)
  • Locate the meanings, pronunciations, and derivations of unfamiliar words using dictionaries. (Language Arts)
  • Make oral and written presentations using visual aids with an awareness of purpose and audience. (Language Arts)
  • Produce research projects and reports. (Language Arts)
  • Produce work that follows the conventions of particular genres, including letters of request. (Language Arts)
  • Recognize and analyze story plot, setting, and problem resolution. (Language Arts)
  • Recognize homonyms and their meanings. (Language Arts)
  • Recognize homophones and their meanings. (Language Arts)
  • Summarize and organize information by outlining ideas. (Language Arts)
  • Support his own ideas by citing examples in the text and personal experiences. (Language Arts)
  • Understand and identify literary and dramatic terms such as scene, dialogue, stage direction, and act. (Language Arts)
  • Use multiple sources to locate relevant information. (Language Arts)
  • Use oral and written language to present information and ideas in a clear, concise manner. (Language Arts)
  • Write to explain, describe, or report. (Language Arts)
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