With this unit I intend to give students the opportunity to develop cooperative learning skills and to read and respond to fiction stories that reflect the ethnicity of different countries. Most importantly, students will experience reading as an enjoyable activity.
Through cooperative learning, students will become actively involved with the text. They will learn to present their ideas in a variety of formats. Students will acquire valuable strategies to use with all the versions of the different stories. They will gain confidence in themselves as readers, develop higher-level comprehension skills and a better understanding of the ideas of other cultures. Classroom activities will be based on state standards and will prepare them for the Connecticut Mastery and Academic Performance Test. By participating in these activities, students will become active, and will develop life-long reading habits.