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Unit

2

Changes in
Essential Questions

My World
Unit Overview
It has been said that the only constant in the world is change. In Unit 1 you explored how you have changed; in this unit, you will explore how the world around you changes. You will identify the challenges and choices that you have made in meeting these changes. Through fiction, nonfiction, print, and nonprint texts, you will see how others have dealt with the choices and the opportunities that change can present.

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How are people influenced by changes in their worlds? How does a writer effectively craft a story?

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Unit

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Changes in My World
Contents
learning Focus: Imagining Stories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Activities: 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Previewing the Unit ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 A Toy’s World . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 *Film: Clips from Toy Story, directed by John Lasseter Changes in My World. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 A Day of Change . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Short Story: “Eleven,” by Sandra Cisneros Changes in Simba’s World . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 *Film: The Lion King, directed by Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff, 1994 Play Ball: Part One . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 Fiction: “The Southpaw,” by Judith Viorst Play Ball: Part Two . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 Picturing Green Gables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 Novel: Excerpt from “Morning at Green Gables,” by L. M. Montgomery He Said, She Said . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .106 Novel: Excerpts from Flipped, by Wendelin Van Draanen © 2011 College Board. All rights reserved.

Goals
CTo explore the craft of

storytelling and to write a short story
CTo recognize

essential elements of plot, point of view, characterization, and setting CTo build oral reading

fluency
CTo craft grammatically

2.6 2.7 2.8

correct sentences and write using precise adjectives and adverbs

ACAdeMiC VoCABulAry

Short Story Figurative Language

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2.10 Character Changes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115 Short Story: “Thank You M’am,” by Langston Hughes 2.11 Writing About a Chance Encounter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .124

embedded Assessment 1 Creating a Short Story. . . . . . . . . . . . . .128

70    SpringBoard® English Textual Power™ level 1

learning Focus: Don’t Switch That Channel! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .137 2.12 Understanding TV News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .138 2.13 The Parts of a News Story . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .142 2.14 That’s a Great Question . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .145 Folk Tale: “The Gathering of the Wild Animals” informational Text-interview: “A Conversation with Wendelin Van Draanen,” by Claire E. White 2.15 Weather Changes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .150 Myth: “Persephone,” by Alice Low 2.16 Weather Explanations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .158 Article: “Can It Really Rain Frogs?” by Spencer Christian and Antonia Felix 2.17 Meet the Watsons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .161 Novel: Excerpt from And You Wonder Why We Get Called the Weird Watsons, by Christopher Paul Curtis 2.18 Average High Temperature: 29 Degrees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .177

embedded Assessment 2 Producing a TV News Story . . . . . . . . .180 2.19 Portfolio...
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