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The Wanderer
Age 10-12: Concept 1 - Environment and Cycles: Unit 1

Take a long and dangerous journey on a sailboat voyaging from Connecticut to England. Experience life on the open ocean in a small sailboat for weeks on end. Sophie, adopted into a new family, has the opportunity to develop her relationships with her uncles and cousins, but is too much closeness a good thing? Over the course of the journey can Sophie come to grips with her past and overcome her fears?

In this unit, learn to identify and use subjects, predicates, predicate adjectives, and direct and indirect objects within sentences. Evaluate character development, explore theme, and learn to identify and use effective voice within writing. Create nautical-themed crafts. For the final project, create a lapbook that reflects the story.

This unit is designed to be used in conjunction with science and social studies Unit 1: Weather and Climate but can also be used as an independent literature unit.

Prerequisites

  • Able to read and comprehend novels at a late 6th or 7th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Familiar with the five-paragraph essay
  • Usually used by children in the fifth or sixth grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Charting the Course
  • Lesson 2: Preparations
  • Lesson 3: Juggling
  • Lesson 4: Grand Manan
  • Lesson 5: Under Way
  • Lesson 6: Marine Life
  • Lesson 7: The Storm
  • Lesson 8: Changes
  • Lesson 9: Land Ho!
  • Lesson 10: Narrative Essay Writing and Voice (2 Days)
  • Final Project: Character Lapbook and Test (2 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Increase reading and writing vocabulary through wide reading. (Language Arts)
  • Analyze the effects of the author's craft on the reader/viewer/listener. (Language Arts)
  • Analyze word choice using critical and evaluative processes. (Language Arts)
  • Contrast the actions, motives (e.g., loyalty, selfishness, conscientiousness), and appearances of characters in a work of fiction and discuss the importance of the contrasts to the plot or theme. (Language Arts)
  • Create artistic interpretations that connect self to the written work. (Language Arts)
  • Create complex sentences for clarity. (Language Arts)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of conventional written and spoken expression by using a variety of sentence types correctly, punctuating them properly, and avoiding fragments and run-ons. (Language Arts)
  • Demonstrate the different roles of the parts of speech in sentence construction. (Language Arts)
  • Determine the effect of literary devices on the reader. (Language Arts)
  • Determine the impact of word choice on written and spoken language. (Language Arts)
  • Determine the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary words by using context clues or a dictionary. (Language Arts)
  • Discuss and analyze the effects of figurative language. (Language Arts)
  • Elaborate information and ideas in writing by using prepositional phrases. (Language Arts)
  • Evaluate the author's use of various techniques, such as point of view, to influence readers' perspectives. (Language Arts)
  • Examine alternate perspectives. (Language Arts)
  • Examine relationships among characters. (Language Arts)
  • Explain and evaluate relationships that are temporal. (Language Arts)
  • Explain relationships that are causal. (Language Arts)
  • Explore argumentative works that are read, heard and/or viewed by making connections among works, self and related topics. (Language Arts)
  • Explore informational materials that are read, heard, and/or viewed by monitoring comprehension for understanding of what is read, heard, and/or viewed and restating and summarizing information. (Language Arts)
  • Exploring a variety of sources from which information may be attained. (Language Arts)
  • Identify and correctly us modifiers. (Language Arts)
  • Increase fluency, comprehension, and insight by reading and discussing literature. (Language Arts)
  • Increase reading and writing vocabulary through wide reading. (Language Arts)
  • Interact with text before reading by seeking additional information. (Language Arts)
  • Interpret text by explaining elements such as point of view, characterization, and style. (Language Arts)
  • Interpreting text by explaining elements such as point of view, characterization, and style. (Language Arts)
  • Make and evaluate inferences and conclusions about characters, events, and themes. (Language Arts)
  • Narrate an expressive account (e.g., fictional or autobiographical) that uses a coherent organizing structure appropriate to purpose, audience, and context; tells a story or establishes the significance of an event or events; and uses remembered feelings and specific details. (Language Arts)
  • Narrate an expressive account (e.g., fictional or autobiographical), which uses a coherent organizing structure appropriate to purpose, audience, and context. (Language Arts)
  • Narrate an expressive account which uses remembered feelings and specific details. (Language Arts)
  • Narrate an expressive account, which tells a story or establishes the significance of an event or events. (Language Arts)
  • Produce final drafts that demonstrate accurate spelling and the correct use of punctuation and capitalization. (Language Arts)
  • Recognize underlying messages in order to identify theme(s) within and across works. (Language Arts)
  • Respond to fiction by examining relationships among characters. (Language Arts)
  • Select key vocabulary critical to the text and apply appropriate meanings as necessary for comprehension. (Language Arts)
  • Understand and explain the figurative and metaphorical use of words in context. (Language Arts)
  • Understand that theme refers to the meaning or moral of a selection and recognize themes (whether implied or stated directly) in sample works. (Language Arts)
  • Use adjectives and adverbs effectively in writing. (Language Arts)
  • Uses a range of appropriate strategies (e.g., dialogue, suspense, movement, gestures, expressions). (Language Arts)
  • Write prepositions and prepositional phrases to convey location, time, direction, or to provide details. (Language Arts)
  • Recognize underlying messages in order to identify theme within and across works. (LA) (Science)
  • Locate and label geographical locations on a map. (Social Studies)
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