Grandview School District

Grandview School District’s literacy and mathematics teacher leaders in partnership with outside literacy and mathematics consultants have written draft ELA units for grades 6 – 11 and math units for K-5, aligned to state learning standards. While their work began with the goal of creating consistent and viable units of study for Grandview teachers, the district has developed the units with adherence to licensing permissions and proper open resource attribution so the units can live in the OER world as well and promote equity of access to standards based work for all students. These units are under continual improvement as ongoing needs of teachers and students are addressed. You are welcome to download and adapt the units as needed for your own student population. Alternate material licenses with different levels of user permission are clearly indicated above and next to the specific content in the unit. Grandview School District express their gratitude to all the educator contributors to this effort. Without their support and expertise in the field of English language arts and mathematics, this resource would not be possible: Melissa Candanoza Wilma Kosai Mike Closner Charlie Kriewall Dorothy Geary Norma Morales Anna Harper Jennifer Richter Jo Hotchkiss Stephanie Stanton
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Point of View and Perspective on the American Dream

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In the first bend of this unit, students will closely read multiple perspectives on the “American Dream” in order to collect information to use and integrate that information into an evidence-based perspective. Students will examine primary and secondary source documents to make informed decisions about what information to collect that may inspire their writing about “The American Dream.” In the second bend of this unit, students will engage in a short-research process to create a draft of argumentative speech on the “American Dream” with a specific purpose, audience, and tone in mind. They will use their inquiry research questions from bend one to begin analyzing search results and citing and gathering relevant, accurate, and credible information.

Material Type: Unit of Study

Authors: Elizabeth Jensen, Grandview School DIstrict, Jennifer RIchter, Tamara Brader

Developing a Fact-Based Opinion in Life Science

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During this unit, students will extend their understanding of opinion texts by using them as a basis to form an opinion and write about it. Students closely read texts for literal comprehension and to connect ideas within and across texts to help them become informed readers. Students will decipher authors’ stance toward a topic and use their research to form their own opinion about the topic. With this informed point of view as readers and writers, students will be able to engage in persuasive literacy, discussions, and opinion writing. Throughout the unit, scaffolds and structures are embedded to support English Language learners. This unit is recommended to be taught after students have had experience with 3 rd grade Narrative and Informational writing.

Material Type: Unit of Study

Author: Grandview School District

Introduction to Different Text Types

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This unit is designed to develop foundational skills needed to prepare students for learning and making meaning of a variety of text types. The unit will provide students with opportunities to listen to and explore a variety of everyday print materials such as storybooks, poems, and informational texts to engage in interactive discussions of the messages and meaning of texts. This unit teaches students that they are readers and have a vital role in their classroom community. Students will continue practicing routines necessary for learning: • Working productively in the meeting area • Working with a partner to Think-Pair- Share • Book handling and learning about the parts of texts • Selecting texts for independent reading • Using everything in the classroom for reading support

Material Type: Unit of Study

Author: Grandview School District