Lessons & Units

Only You Can Save Mankind 6th Grade Unit

Genre
Science Fiction
Concepts Taught
Compare and Contrast, Genre, Plot, Setting, Theme, Vocabulary in Context

Lessons

Genre Lesson Science Fiction Identify scientific, futuristic, and/or out of the ordinary elements of science fiction.
Lesson 1 Determine the Meaning of Unknown Words Determine the meaning of unknown words in a science fiction text.
Lesson 2 Interpreting a Symbol Interpret the meaning of a symbol in work of science fiction.
Lesson 3 The Similarities and Differences of Setting Compare and contrast the settings in a science fiction text with their world.
Lesson 4 Analyzing a Plot Conflict Explain how a plot conflict is resolved.
Lesson 5 Thinking About Theme Use the plot resolution to explain a theme in a science fiction novel.

Build Background Knowledge

Only You Can Save Mankind takes place in 1991, against the backdrop of the Gulf War. The war was playing on T.V. in Johnny's household, and it appeared more and more like his video game. Build background knowledge for this unit by introducing your students to the Gulf War. Explain that in 1990, Saddam Hussein, the President of Iraq, invaded a nearby country, Kuwait. Show students where Iraq and Kuwait are located on a map. Explain that this area is called the Persian Gulf. Tell students that in 1990, Saddam Hussein refused to leave Kuwait, so American troops led an international military action to drive Iraqi forces from the country. U.S. troops were stationed in a neighboring country, Saudi Arabia, and the efforts to defeat Iraq were known as Operation Desert Storm. In the end, Kuwait was liberated or freed from Iraqi forces.

Pacing Guide

Pacing Guide for Only You Can You Save Mankind

Day 1

Genre Lesson

Begin the Genre Lesson Independent Practice in the Student Packet

Day 2

Read Chapters 1–2

Begin Worksheets for Chapters 1–2 in the Student Packet

Day 3

Begin Lesson 1

Day 4

Lesson 1 (continued)

Read Chapter 3 (required for the Independent Practice for Lesson 1)

Complete the Independent Practice for Lesson 1 and Worksheets for Chapters 1–3 in the Student Packet

Day 5

Begin reading Chapters 4–6

Begin Worksheets for Chapters 4–6 in the Student Packet

Day 6

Finish reading Chapters 4–6

Complete the Worksheets for Chapters 4–6 in the Student Packet

Day 7

Begin Lesson 2

Day 8

Lesson 2 (continued)

Complete the Independent Practice for Lesson 2 in the Student Packet

Day 9

Begin reading Chapters 7–9

Begin the Worksheets for Chapters 7–9 in the Student Packet

Day 10

Finish reading Chapters 7–9

Complete the Worksheets for Chapters 7–9 in the Student Packet

Day 11

Begin Lesson 3

Day 12

Lesson 3 (continued)

Complete the Independent Practice for Lesson 3in the Student Packet

Day 13

Begin reading Chapters 10–12

Begin the Worksheets for Chapters 10–12

Day 14

Finish reading Chapters 10–12

Complete the Worksheets for Chapters 10 -12 in the Student Packet

Day 15

Begin Lesson 4

Day 16

Lesson 4 (continued)

Complete the Independent Practice for Lesson 4 in the Student Packet

Day 17

Begin Lesson 5

Day 18

Lesson 5 (continued)

Complete the Independent Practice for Lesson 5 in the Student Packet

Day 19

Review for the Unit Assessment

Day 20

Unit Assessment

 

 

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