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Second Nine Weeks
Course: Language Arts
Due date: 10/16/2012

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The first semester will be divided into two units. For the second nine weeks, we will be focusing on the theme of American Heroes. In order to teach this theme, we will begin by using the text And Then What Happened, Paul Revere? by Jean Fritz. In addition to this extended text, we will also read the following stories.

Additional Texts:

The Olympic Games: Where Heroes Are Made (expository nonfiction) by Nicholas Camacho

Yippee-Yay! A Book About Cowboys and Cowgirls (expository nonfiction) by Gail Gibbons

Papa Tells Chita A Story (historical fiction) by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard

Pepita Talks Twice (realistic fiction) by Ofelia Dumas Lachtman

Boom Town (historical fiction) by Sonia Levitin

American Heroes series: Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, Eleanor Roosevelt

“Paul Revere’s Ride” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“I’m In Charge of Celebrations” (poetry) by Byrd Baylor

To Miss Susan B. Anthony on Her Fiftieth Birthday (poetry) by Phoebe Cary

“Frederick Douglass” (poetry) by Paul Laurence Dunbar (excerpt a single stanza)

“The Dream Keeper and Other Poems”, “Mother to Son”, “Dreams” by Langston Hughes



Differentiation Texts: from Bright Surprises

You Are in the Olympics by Jared Jansen (in place of Olympic Games)

A Cookie for Cowboys by Caren B. Stelson (in place of Yippee-Yay)

A Mountain Blows Its Top by Kana Riley (in place of Rocking and Rolling)

Miss Mack’s Tricks by Maria Santos (in place of Pepita Talks Twice)

The Bravest Soldier by Glen Harlan (in place of Papa Tells Chita A Story)

How Grandmama Tamed the West by Celeste Albright (in place of Boom Town)

Book of Days by Deborah Akers (in place of “I’m in Charge of Celebrations”)


The following is a list of essential questions that will be taught, during the nine week period.


How do you identify the main idea of a text?

How do key details help me identify the main idea?

What are explicit and implicit details?

What are the parts of a book?

How do I use the different parts of a book?

How do the parts of a book help to understand the information better?

Which text features help me better understand what I read?

What kinds of graphic sources are most useful to understanding a text?

What is a cause? What is an effect?

How do I summarize what I have read?

What does compare mean? What does contrast mean?

How can I show how two informational texts on the same topic compare to one another?

How does the sequence of a text help you to comprehend the text?

What kind of moral or message can we learn from a book?

What are narrative elements?

How do characters, setting, and plot affect a text?

What are the different points of view in a text?

How can I use a story to talk about me? (text to self)

What are character traits?

How can you determine if a character’s perspective is different from yours?

How do authors use illustrations to show the setting of a story?

When should I use facts rather than opinions in my writing?

What information can you find in an atlas?

What is the difference between literal and figurative language?

How does knowing about similes and metaphors help me understand what I read?

How can we use context clues to help understand a passage?

What are the purposes an author writes a story?

Why do authors write for different reasons?



What are different kinds of informative writing?

How can writing about thoughts and feelings help you understand a character in a story? How does using voice in our writing help our audience understand our writing?

Why do we need to learn to use ideas and organization, as well as, conventions in writing for an audience?

How will knowing about reference materials and where to find them help me to be a better research writer?

How does knowing about voice, emotions, and audience help me write in a more organized and meaningful way?

How is technology helpful to us as we learn more about writing and communicating?

How will knowing about reference materials and where to find them help me to be a better research writer?

How can I show what I’ve learned about a topic and how to put my sentences together? How do I know what to include in my search writing project?

How can I use what I read to learn about new topics and in what ways can I show others what I know?

How can learning about research help me to be a better communicator?



What is the action word in a sentence called?

What do you do to a verb in the present when the noun in the subject is singular/plural?

When do you add es to a verb in the present?

When do you change y to i and add es?

What does a past tense verb show?

What do you add to most verbs to show past tense?

What helping verb do you use to form the future tense of a verb?

What special forms of be show present tense?

What special forms of be show past tense?

When do you use has as a helping verb?

When do you us have as a helping verb?

Name some special verbs that show past time.

What is an adjective?

Give some examples of adjectives that show how many that are not exact numbers.

Give some examples of adjectives that tell what kind.

When do you use the article a/an?

When do you add er/est to an adjective?

When do you use more/most?


Please check the students’ planners for specific homework information, as well as, upcoming test information.

For a more in-depth look at the third grade language arts standards, please refer to the website or the following link.