Lessons & Units

The Great Gilly Hopkins 5th Grade Unit

The Great Gilly Hopkins
Genre
Realistic Fiction
Concepts Taught
Cause and Effect, Character, Genre, Plot, Predicting, Theme

Lessons

Genre Lesson Realistic Fiction Identify the realistic elements of realistic fiction by making personal connections.
Textual Analysis Lesson Fostering Love and Care Use the Textual Analysis Process to answer questions about a text.
Lesson 1 Identifying Plot Conflicts Identify two plot conflicts in the text (Character vs. Character and Character vs. Self).
Lesson 2 Analyzing Relationships Analyze character relationships.
Lesson 3 Predicting Events in Realistic Fiction Make a prediction about what will happen in a work of realistic fiction using text evidence and prior knowledge.
Lesson 4 Character and Relationship Changes Explain what drives a change in characters and their relationships.
Lesson 5 Theme Matters Use recurring events in order to identify and examine a theme in a work of realistic fiction.

Build Background Knowledge

Build background knowledge for this unit by introducing your students to the meaning of adoption and foster care. Explain that children must have a parent or guardian in the U.S., but sometimes biological parents cannot take care of their children because of personal hardships, or difficult situations in their lives. Foster care is a system that allows families who can help out to support a child who needs a home. Families who support these children are called "foster parents," and they provide food, shelter, and care. If a foster family and child want to make the arrangement permanent, or fixed, the parents can apply for adoption.

Pacing Guide

Pacing Guide for The Great Gilly Hopkins

Day 1

Begin Genre Lesson (through Guided Practice)

Begin Reading The Great Gilly Hopkins,Chapters 1-4

Begin the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 1-4

Begin the Genre Lesson Independent Practice in the Student Packet

Day 2

Textual Analysis Lesson

Day 3

Finish Reading The Great Gilly Hopkins,Chapters 1-4

Complete the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 1-4

Complete the Genre Lesson Independent Practice in the Student Packet

Day 4

Begin Lesson 1

Day 5

Lesson 1 (continued)

Complete the Independent Practice for Lesson 1 in the Student Packet

Day 6

Begin Reading Chapters 5-7

Begin the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 5-7

Day 7

Finish Reading Chapters 5-7

Complete the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 5-7

Day 8

Begin Lesson 2

Day 9

Lesson 2 (continued)

Complete the Independent Practice for Lesson 2 in the Student Packet

Day 10

Begin Lesson 3

Day 11

Lesson 3 (continued)

Complete the Independent Practice for Lesson 3 in the Student Packet

Day 12

Begin Reading Chapters 8-10

Begin the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 8-10

Day 13

Finish Reading Chapters 8-10

Complete the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 8-10

Day 14

Begin Reading Chapters 11-13

Begin the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 11-13

Day 15

Finish Reading Chapters 11-13

Complete the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 11-13

Day 16

Begin Lesson 4

Day 17

Lesson 4 (continued)

Complete the Independent Practice for Lesson 4 in the Student Packet

Day 18

Begin Reading Chapters 14-15

Begin the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 14-15

Day 19

Finish Reading Chapters 14-15

Complete the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 14-15

Day 20

Begin Lesson 5

Day 21

Lesson 5 (continued)

Complete the Independent Practice for Lesson 5 in the Student Packet

Day 22

Review for the Unit Assessment

Day 23

Unit Assessment

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