Sunday Cummins Experience nonfiction.
INTERMEDIATE TEXT SET
Enduring Understandings: Historic and Current Events
When this text set was developed by a group of colleagues and myself, we used McTigue and Wiggins Understanding by Design (2006) to plan a unit of study on the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950’s and 1960’s. We decided we wanted students to walk away with the following “enduring understandings,” themes that can be used as a lens in on understanding other historical and current events:
• A person or group’s beliefs can serve as motivation to take action and advocate for social justice.
• Working together in nonviolent ways can lead to momentous changes in society and the culture of communities.
• Effecting change takes time, strategic thinking, and determination.
We chose five books to serve as the core texts that would be read aloud and also adapted into readers’ theater scripts. We also selected excerpts from these texts that would be used during close reading lessons. Then we located additional texts, mostly primary sources, to support each text. There was also a class set of individual titles for students to read independently or with partners!
SAMPLE CORE TEXTS
Additional primary sources we included to support or build background
knowledge for understanding the book My Brother Martin (Farris, 2003)