Utah Core State Standards (ucss) Elementary English Language Arts (Grs. 2-6) Comprehending and Composing Template Salt Lake City School District Core Theme



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Utah Core State Standards (UCSS)

Elementary English Language Arts (Grs. 2-6)

Comprehending and Composing Template

Salt Lake City School District

Core Theme _2___ Grade __3___


What is the theme?

What is the essential question I would like students to engage at the end of the theme?



Universal Theme: Working Together Grade Level Theme: Together We Can
Essential Question:
Essential Question Writing Task (Week 5):

BEFORE READING

What is the essential sub-question for each lesson, as it relates to the theme?

Background knowledge: build or activate students’ related knowledge to the theme or topic.

Week 6

Title of Main Reading Selection:

The Babe and I

Genre: Historical Fiction

Essential Sub-Question:



Week 7

Title of Main Reading Selection:

Aero and Officer Mike
Genre: Nonfiction

Essential Sub-Question:

Week 8

Title of Main Reading Selection:

How Animals Talk
Genre: Photo Essay

Essential Sub-Question:

Week 9

Title of Main Reading Selection:

Stone Soup
Genre: Folktale

Essential Sub-Question:

DURING READING

What reading instruction is needed? (skills, strategies, higher level questions)

Focus Comprehension Skill: Fact and Opinion
Focus Comprehension Strategy: Monitor Comprehension-Reread

Focus Comprehension Skill: Main Idea and Details
Focus Comprehension Strategy: Summarize

What is the intended comprehension objective of student learning?

Comprehension Objective:

  • To understand features of Historical Fiction
  • To reread as a strategy





Comprehension Objective:

Comprehension Objective:

Comprehension Objective:

  • To understand characteristics of folktales

  • To read and organize information for comprehension

AFTER READING

Short Response (Weekly Writing Tasks)

Create the writing task by turning the sub-question into a prompt. Discuss the sub-question and answer it orally before students write.

Writing Task:


Writing Task:


Writing Task:


Writing Task:




Theme 2

Possible Theme Essential Questions

  • How does working together make tasks easier?
  • What are some ways people work together to help each other?


Possible Theme Essential Writing Tasks

  • Explain how working together makes tasks easier.

  • Describe ways people work together to help each other.




Possible Main Selection Sub-Questions

Possible Main Selection Sub-Question Writing Tasks

Lesson 6

  • What are some examples of ways that people helped each other in “The Babe and I”?

  • What are some ways the kid and others worked together to earn some money?

  • Choose one character and list specific examples of how they helped someone in the story.

  • Describe three ways the kid was able to earn more money for his family with the help of others.

Lesson 7

  • What does Aero do to help Officer Mike do his job?

  • What jobs did Officer Mike and Aero have to do to work together?

  • Use facts from the story to explain how Aero works together with Officer Mike.

  • Analyze the jobs Mike and Aero worked together on.

Lesson 8

  • Why is it important for animals to communicate with each other?

  • How do animals and humans communicate?

  • Explain how animals communicate and why it’s important.


  • Using specific examples from the story compare and contrast various ways animals and humans communicate.

Lesson 9

  • What do the villagers learn from making and sharing the soup together?

  • How does making stone soup help the villagers change?

  • Describe the effects of making stone soup together.

  • Explain how making stone soup helped the villagers change.





Principles of the CCSS found in this template:


  1. Working around an essential question that binds selections together.

  2. Facilitating extended thinking and reasoning.

  3. Reading across multiple texts for different purposes.

  4. Writing to deepen reading comprehension.

  5. Scaffolding and extensive practice using oral language to support written language.

  6. Learning of academic language and vocabulary.

  7. Learning to write in different genres.

  8. Using on-line resources to support learning.

  9. Ability to substitute CCSS standards for basal reading and writing skills and strategies.

  10. Using various elements of the writing process.

  11. Practicing short responses to a prompt.

  12. Practicing extended responses to a prompt.






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