Lessons & Units

The Lost Garden 6th Grade Unit

The Lost Garden
Genre
Autobiography
Concepts Taught
Author's Purpose, Classify and Categorize, Fact and Opinion, Genre, Main Idea

Lessons

Genre Lesson Autobiography Classify different forms of first-person nonfiction: autobiography, memoirs, journals/diaries.
Lesson 1 What are the Main Ideas? Identify the main ideas in an autobiography.
Lesson 2 Pictures, Photographs, and Captions Explain how a picture and/or caption support a description or event in an autobiography.
Lesson 3 What’s the Author’s Purpose? Identify multiple author purposes in a text.
Lesson 4 Fact and Opinion Identify explicit and implicit opinions in a text.

Build Background Knowledge

Build background knowledge for this unit by introducing your students to the history of Chinese immigration to the United States. Explain that when news of the California Gold Rush made its way to China, many Chinese men decided to travel across the Pacific Ocean to try to find work and gold. At the time, China had a Civil War, and life was very difficult on the Chinese people. Once the men arrived in the United States, they played an important role in the development of the West. Chinese laborers built The Transcontinental Railroad, which is one of the greatest engineering accomplishments in the 19th century. After the Gold Rush ended, many Chinese-American workers faced extreme violence and discrimination. In 1882, the government prohibited or did not allow Chinese workers from entering the U.S. and becoming citizens. This was important for all immigrants because it was the first time that the U.S. was not open to everybody.

Pacing Guide

Pacing Guide for The Lost Garden

Day 1

Begin Genre Lesson (through Guided Practice)

Day 2

Complete the Genre Lesson

Complete the Genre Lesson Independent Practice in the Student Packet

Day 3

Begin Reading Introduction and Chapters 1-3 of The Lost Garden

Begin the Student Packet Worksheets for Introduction and Chapters 1-3

Day 4

Finish Reading Introduction and Chapters 1-3 of The Lost Garden

Complete the Student Packet Worksheets for Introduction and Chapters 1-3

Day 5

Begin Lesson 1

Day 6

Lesson 1 (continued)

Complete the Independent Practice for Lesson 1 in the Student Packet

Day 7

Begin Reading Chapters 4-6

Begin the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 4-6

Begin Main Idea Web Graphic Organizers for Chapters 4-6 (Optional)

Day 8

Finish Reading Chapters 4-6

Complete the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 4-6

Complete the Main Idea Web Graphic Organizers for Chapters 4-6 (Optional)

Day 9

Review the Main Idea Web Graphic Organizers for Chapters 4-6 (Optional)

Begin Lesson 2

Day 10

Lesson 2 (continued)

Complete the Independent Practice for Lesson 2 in the Student Packet

Day 11

Begin Reading Chapters 7-9

Begin the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 7-9

Begin Main Idea Web Graphic Organizers for Chapters 7-9 (Optional)

Day 12

Finish Reading Chapters 7-9

Complete the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 7-9

Complete the Main Idea Web Graphic Organizers for Chapters 7-9 (Optional)

Day 13

Review the Main Idea Web Graphic Organizers for Chapters 7-9 (Optional)

Begin Lesson 3

Day 14

Lesson 3 (continued)

Complete the Independent Practice for Lesson 3 in the Student Packet

Day 15

Begin Reading Chapters 10-11 and Afterword

Begin the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 10-11 and Afterword

Begin the Main Idea Web Graphic Organizers for Chapters 10-11 and Afterword (Optional)

Day 16

Finish Reading Chapters 10-11 and Afterword

Complete the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 10-11 and Afterword

Complete the Main Idea Web Graphic Organizers for Chapters 10-11 and Afterword (Optional)

Day 17

Review the Main Idea Web Graphic Organizers for Chapters 10-11 and Afterword (Optional)

Begin Lesson 4

Day 18

Lesson 4 (continued)

Complete the Independent Practice for Lesson 4 in the Student Packet

Day 19

Review for the Unit Assessment

Day 20

Unit Assessment

 

 

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