Lessons & Units

Keeping the Night Watch and Chess Rumble 6th Grade Unit

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

Build background knowledge for this unit by introducing your students to the game of chess. Chess is a game that dates back over a thousand years ago. Introduce the rules and pieces of chess for your class. Explain that most people agree that Bobby Fischer may have been the greatest chess player of all time. Bobby was a chess champion by age 15, when he left school to focus on chess full-time. He is famous for winning chess games with amazing scores. In 1963, he won the U.S. Chess Tournament with a score of 11-0, the only perfect score in the history of the tournament. He also became the 11th World Chess Champion in 1972. Bobby Fischer soon stopped playing chess and left the United States. His legacy inspired the film, Searching for Bobby Fischer. He is still alive and rumor has it, he plays online under a pseudonym, or fake name.

Pacing Guide

Pacing Guide for Keeping the Night Watch and Chess Rumble

Day 1

Genre Lesson (through Guided Practice)

Begin reading Keeping the Night Watch: Part 1, “Fall”

Day 2

Finish reading Keeping the Night Watch: Part 1, “Fall”

Genre Lesson (continued)

Complete the Genre Lesson Independent Practice in the Student Packet

Day 3

Complete the Student Packet Worksheets for Keeping the Night Watch: Part 1, “Fall”

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 Keeping the Night Watch: Part 2, “Spring”

Begin the Student Packet Worksheets for Part 2

Day 7

Finish Keeping the Night Watch: Part 2, “Spring”

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 Chess Rumble: “Opening Move-Middlegame”

Begin the Student Packet Worksheets for Chess Rumble: “Opening Move-Middlegame”

Day 11

Finish reading Chess Rumble: “Opening Move-Middlegame”

Complete the Student Packet Worksheets for Chess Rumble: “Opening Move-Middlegame”

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 Chess Rumble: “Endgame”

Begin the Student Packet Worksheets for Chess Rumble: “Endgame”

Day 15

Finish reading Chess Rumble: “Endgame”

Complete the Student Packet Worksheets for Chess Rumble: “Endgame”

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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