EngageNY Grade 5 ELA Module 3a, Unit 3: Culminating Project: Expert Groups Research and Writing an Opinion Letter
To conclude Module 3a, Unit 3 fifth graders choose to research either Roberto Clemente or Althea Gibson to understand the cultural context in which these athletes competed and the barriers these athletes broke during the times in which they lived. For their mid-unit assessment, scholars synthesize their notes in a graphic organizer. In the second half of the unit, pupils continue to build their skills to write arguments based on multiple sources, focusing on crafting clear opinions and providing sufficient reasons and evidence. For their end-of-unit assessment, writers draft a letter to a publishing company explaining the need for a biography about their chosen athlete. They discuss the athlete, evaluate the barriers that they broke during the era in which they lived, and their impact on American society through their legacy.