Lessons & Units

Rosa Parks: My Story 6th Grade Unit

Rosa Parks: My Story
Genre
Autobiography
Concepts Taught
Author's Purpose, Classify and Categorize, Fact and Opinion, 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 Talk 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 the origins of the Atlantic slave trade. Show the route that traders used to bring slaves to the Americas. Also, explain the difference between slavery and indentured servitude. In Chapter 1, Rosa Parks explains that her White, Irish relatives on her mother's side were brought to the United States by ship, but just because they were White did not mean that they were free. Poor White people were brought as "indentured servants." Like slaves, indentured servants were considered personal property, which meant that they could be sold, or passed down to future generations. They were used as cheap, or free, labor to build early America. Many indentured servants chose to come to the New World because of poverty in Europe. The rule was that an indentured servant could work their way out of servitude after 4-7 years. This is the main difference between indentured servitude and slavery. Indentured servants were eventually released from their status as property, whereas slaves were forced into slavery and never promised freedom by slave owners.

Pacing Guide

Pacing Guide for Rosa Parks: My Story

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 Chapters 1-3 of Rosa Parks: My Story

Begin the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 1-3

Day 4

Finish Reading Chapters 1-3 of Rosa Parks: My Story

Complete the Student Packet Worksheets for 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 theMain 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 theMain 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 10-12

Begin the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 10-12

Begin the Main Idea Web Graphic Organizers for Chapters 10-12 (Optional)

Day 16

Finish Reading Chapters 10-12

Complete the Student Packet Worksheets for Chapters 10-12

Complete the Main Idea Web Graphic Organizers for Chapters 10-12 (Optional)

Day 17

Review theMain Idea Web Graphic Organizers for Chapters 10-12 (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

 

User Comments

I get so excited to think of how I am going to use these ideas, posters, and passages next year. Even though I have been teaching reading for ten years, I do like the poster for providing the visual for students.
I am getting excited about Readworks and the next school year! This is day 6 of my summer vacation. Why can't teachers enjoy their time out the classroom?

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