Lessons & Units

Home of the Brave 6th Grade Unit

Home of the Brave
Genre
Verse Novels
Concepts Taught
Cause and Effect, Character, Figurative Language, Genre, Theme, Voice

Lessons

Genre Lesson Narrative Poetry Differentiate between narrative and lyric poetry.
Lesson 1 Poetic Word Choice Identify and explain poetic word choice.
Lesson 2 Experience and Perspective Explain how a past experience affects a character’s perspective.
Lesson 3 Voice Examine a character’s voice to describe their traits and emotions.
Lesson 4 Identifying Symbols Identify a symbol and explain what it means.

Build Background Knowledge

Before starting the book, explain to your students that Kek, the main character of Home of the Brave, is a "refugee." That means that he escaped the war in his home country, and is being given shelter and safety by another host country. There are more than 13 million refugees in the world. Build background knowledge for this unit by introducing your students to the war Kek escaped—the war in Sudan. Show students where Sudan is located on your map of Africa. Explain that the war in Sudan is a civil war, which means Sudanese have formed rebel forces to challenge and overthrow the government. The Lost Boys of Sudan are a group of young boys who lost their families in the war. They traveled, mostly by foot, across Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda looking for their families and a safe place to stay. Some charities in the United States have offered to take care of the Lost Boys.

Pacing Guide

Pacing Guide for Home of the Brave

 

Day 1

Genre Lesson

Complete the Genre Lesson Independent Practice in the Student Packet

 

Day 2

Begin Reading Part 1 (pp. 3-50)

Begin the Student Packet Worksheets for Part 1

 

Day 3

Finish Reading Part 1 (pp. 3-50)

Complete the Student Packet Worksheets for Part 1

 

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 Part 2 (pp. 53-127)

Begin the Student Packet Worksheets for Part 2

 

Day 7

Finish Reading Part 2 (pp. 53-127)

Complete the Student Packet Worksheets for Part 2

 

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 Part 3 (pp. 131-224)

Begin the Student Packet Worksheets for Part 3

 

Day 11

Finish Reading Part 3 (pp. 131-224)

Complete the Student Packet Worksheets for Part 3

 

Day 12

Begin Lesson 3

Day 13

Lesson 3 (continued)

Complete the Independent Practice for Lesson 3 in the Student Packet

 

Day 14

Begin Reading Part 4 and Epilogue (pp. 227-249)

Begin the Student Packet Worksheets for Part 4 and Epilogue

 

Day 15

Finish Reading Part 4 and Epilogue (pp. 227-249)

Complete the Student Packet Worksheets for Part 4 and Epilogue

 

Day 16

Begin Lesson 4

 

Day 17

Lesson 4 (continued)

Complete the Independent Practice for Lesson 4 in the Student Packet

 

Day 18

Review for the Unit Assessment

 

Day 19

Unit Assessment

 

 

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