Lessons & Units

Riding Freedom 5th Grade Unit

Riding Freedom
Genre
Historical Fiction
Concepts Taught
Cause and Effect, Character, Compare and Contrast, Drawing Conclusions, Genre, Setting, Theme, Vocabulary in Context

Lessons

Genre Lesson Historical Fiction Identify historical terms in historical fiction.
Lesson 1 Effects of a Character's Past Examine how a character’s past impacts their present actions, thoughts, and feelings.
Lesson 2 Two Settings Compare and contrast two settings.
Lesson 3 Historical Effects Explain how historical events and details affect characters.
Lesson 4 Real World Connections Connect a theme in Historical Fiction to today’s world.

Build Background Knowledge

When Charlotte is invited to travel West, build background knowledge for this unit by introducing your students to the California Gold Rush. Explain that in 1848, news of finding gold in California, a state on the West Coast, made its way to the East Coast. During this time, California was mostly unsettled, with the exception of Spanish missionaries and American Indians living on the land. After James Marshall found gold in a ditch, many people decided to journey westward to find their fortune. Some people took the Oregon Trail that ran across the middle of the country. Others traveled around the Panama Canal and crossed through Central America. Still others sailed the long route around Cape Horn at the tip of South America. No matter the route, these travelers were called '49ers, because they traveled to find gold around 1849. Today, San Francisco’s professional football team is named after these gold-hungry adventurers.

Pacing Guide

Pacing Guide for Riding Freedom

Day 1

Genre Lesson

Complete the Genre Lesson Independent Practice in the Student Packet

Day 2

Begin reading “In the Beginning” through Chapter 4

Begin Worksheets for “In the Beginning” through Chapter 4 in the Student Packet

Day 3

Finish reading “In the Beginning” through Chapter 4

Complete Worksheets for “In the Beginning” through Chapter 4 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 5–8

Begin the Worksheets for Chapters 5–8 in the Student Packet

Day 7

Finish reading Chapters 5–8

Complete the Worksheets for Chapters 5–8 in the Student Packet

Day 8

Begin Lesson 2

Day 9

Lesson 2 (continued)

Complete the Independent Practice for Lesson 2 in the Student Packet

Day 10

Begin reading Chapters 9 through “In the End”

Begin the Worksheets for Chapters 9 through “In the End” in the Student Packet

Day 11

Finish reading Chapters 9 through “In the End”

Complete the Worksheets for Chapters 9 through “In the End” in the Student Packet

Day 12

Begin Lesson 3

Day 13

Lesson 3 (continued)

Complete the Independent Practice for Lesson 3 in the Student Packet

Day 14

Begin Lesson 4

Day 15

Lesson 4 (continued)

Complete the Independent Practice for Lesson 4 in the Student Packet

Day 16

Review

Day 17

Unit Assessment

 

User Comments

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