Embracing Difference: The Hundred Dresses and Garvey's Choice

Students explore acceptance of themselves and others in order to start discussions about bullying, tolerance, acceptance, and forgiveness, and focus on identifying the central message in a longer text.

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ELA

Unit 4

3rd Grade

Unit Summary


In this unit, students read the core texts The Hundred Dresses and Garvey’s Choice as a way of exploring what it means to be accepting and tolerant of themselves and others. The Hundred Dresses challenges students to think about the different roles associated with bullying through the eyes of the narrator, who struggles with her own involvement with a classmate who is bullied. Garvey’s Choice illustrates the way others influence the way we see ourselves, both positively and negatively, and the power of accepting ourselves by tracing Garvey’s path to self-discovery and acceptance. Both texts are full of moments and messages that are easily relatable for students at this grade level. Therefore, it is our hope that the experiences of the characters in both texts will serve as a neutral launching point for deeper discussions about bullying, tolerance, acceptance, and forgiveness. 

In reading, the main focus of the unit is on identifying and tracing the central message across a longer text. Over the course of the text, students will develop a deep understanding of each character’s thoughts, feelings, and motivations, which will help them identify and explain how the central message is developed and conveyed through the characters. Students will also begin to understand how successive parts of a text build on each other to push the plot forward. Particularly with Garvey’s Choice, students will analyze the genre features of novels written in verse and how each part helps build and develop the central message. This unit also focused on point of view. Students will begin to notice the point of view in which a story is told and compare that with their own point of view.

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Texts and Materials


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Core Materials

Assessment


These assessments accompany this unit to help gauge student understanding of key unit content and skills.

Additional progress monitoring suggestions are included throughout the unit. Essential Tasks can be found in the following lessons:

Unit Prep


Intellectual Prep

Unit Launch

Prepare to teach this unit by immersing yourself in the texts, themes, and core standards. Unit Launches include a series of short videos, targeted readings, and opportunities for action planning.

Essential Questions

  • What different roles do people play in bullying? 
  • What does it mean to be accepting of ourselves? 
  • What does it mean to be accepting of others? 

Vocabulary

Text-based

absentmindedly amends casualness coward consoled deliberately disgracefully exquisite forbidding impulsively inseparable incredulously intently incredulous lavish mock relieved self-image swiftly timid unintelligible vividly

Root/Affix

-ful -ly -ness dis- en- in- un-

To see all the vocabulary for Unit 4, view our 3rd Grade Vocabulary Glossary.

Supporting All Students

In order to ensure that all students are able to access the texts and tasks in this unit, it is incredibly important to intellectually prepare to teach the unit prior to launching the unit. Use the intellectual preparation protocol and the Unit Launch to determine which support students will need. To learn more, visit the Supporting all Students teacher tool.

Lesson Map


Common Core Standards


Core Standards

L.3.1
L.3.1.a
L.3.1.i
L.3.2
L.3.2.a
L.3.2.b
RL.3.2
RL.3.3
RL.3.5
RL.3.6
RL.3.9
SL.3.1
SL.3.1.c
SL.3.1.d
SL.3.3
SL.3.4
W.3.1
W.3.1.a
W.3.1.b
W.3.1.d
W.3.3
W.3.3.a
W.3.3.b
W.3.3.d

Supporting Standards

L.3.1.c
L.3.1.g
L.3.2.d
L.3.3.a
L.3.4
L.3.4.b
L.3.5.c
L.3.6
RF.3.3
RF.3.4
RL.3.1
RL.3.4
RL.3.7
RL.3.10
SL.3.1.a
SL.3.1.b
SL.3.6
W.3.4
W.3.5
W.3.6
W.3.10
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Unit 3

Defining Identity: <em>Dyamonde Daniel</em> and <em>My Name is María Isabel</em>

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Unit 5

The Power of Friendship: <em>Charlotte's Web</em>