Unit Plan

Unit 4: The Renaissance

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The Renaissance is the theme of a five-week unit designed to boost reading comprehension, spelling, vocabulary, and expository writing skills. Scholars listen to and discuss daily readings and engage in skills practice activities covering prefixes, linking verbs, prepositions, and correlative conjunctions. They test their spelling, draft informational paragraphs about humanism, and write biographies for Renaissance artists.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Visit the library to collect biographies that pupils can browse for inspiration
  • Direct the class to respond to the included writing prompts in a journal; at the end of the unit, reflect on the progress they made 
Classroom Considerations
  • The fourth unit in a nine-part series created by Core Knowledge for fifth graders
  • Visit each lesson's "At a Glance" section to view the materials needed
  • The interdisciplinary approach combines topics in ELA and social studies
  • Information is carefully scaffolded from lesson to lesson
  • None