Module 5-Comparing and Contrasting-Language Arts 5A - Course Guide


Module Overview:

In this module students will learn the elements that are common to all science fiction stories. Students how to compare and contrast two stories written in the same genre. Students learn how to support an opinion with claims and reasons. Students will learn when a comma is needed to signal a transition in a sentence.


Module Materials:

  • Pencils
  • Crayons or colored pencils
  • Notebook
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Highlighter
  • Markers
  • Blank paper

Module Objectives:

Lesson # Lesson Title Objective(s)
1 Reading Science Fiction
  1. Find story elements related to a specific genre.
2 Comparing Science Fiction
  1. Compare and contrast two stories written in the same genre.
3 Claims and Reasons
  1. State an opinion clearly, and support it with reasons.
4 Commas for Transition
  1. Use commas to set transition words and phrases apart from the rest of a sentence.

Module Key Words:

Key Words
sci-fi
element
exaggerated
science fiction
compare
contrast
opinion
claim
comma
transition

Module Assignments:

Lesson # Lesson Title Page # Assignment Title
3 Claims and Reasons 5 Make a Claim Assignment


Learning Coach Notes:

Lesson # Lesson Title Notes
1 Reading Science Fiction In their Language Arts notebook, have your student write the elements of Science Fiction. The first three books on the Suggested Booklist in the course guide on the learning coach website are science fiction. Choose one to read, or choose your own science fiction book to read with your student and discuss what makes the book science fiction.
2 Comparing Science Fiction Please have your student compare two of the Science Fiction books from the Suggested Booklist on the course guide found on the learning coach website, or choose their own 2 Science Fiction books to read and compare. Have them write their comparisons in their Language Arts notebook.
3 Claims and Reasons The suggested book list on the course guide found on the learning coach website has a story called "I Wanna New Room." In this story, a boy claims why he should get a new room. Read this story with your student and have them state the boy's claim and reasons backing his claim in their Language Arts notebook.
4 Commas for Transition In their Language Arts notebook, have your student write when to use a comma.

Module Guiding Questions:

When a student starts a lesson ask them questions to check for prior knowledge and understanding and to review concepts being taught. At the end of the lesson ask the questions again to see if their answer changes.

Lesson Title Question
Reading Science Fiction
  1. What are the elements of Science Fiction?
Comparing Science Fiction
  1. Why would you compare Science Fiction stories?
Claims and Reasons
  1. What is a claim?
  2. Why do you need to give reasons when you make a claim?
Commas for Transition
  1. What is a comma?
  2. Why are commas important?

Module Video Questions:

When a student watches a video take time to ask them questions about what they watched. Suggested questions for the videos in this module are listed here. Suggestion: Have the student watch the entire video first all the way through. Then have them watch the video a second time, as they watch it pause the video and ask the questions.

Lesson Title Video Question
Reading Science Fiction Science Fiction
  1. What are the elements of Science Fiction?
  2. How is the story described in this video Science Fiction?
Commas for Transition The Writing Process Videos 1 and 2
  1. Why is it important to use correct punctuation?
Commas for Transition Commas
  1. What types of sentences should include a comma?

Module Suggested Read Aloud Books:

Take time to read to your student or have them read aloud to you. Read a different book each day. While reading the book point out concepts being taught. You may purchase these books or find them at your local library. Suggested things to discuss while reading the book:

  • What is the main idea?
  • What are three things new you learned?
  • How does this book relate to what you are learning about?

# Book Author Lexile Level
1 The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet Eleanor Cameron 1030L
2 Star Wars: Jedi Academy Jeffrey Brown GN650L
3 Eager Helen Fox 690L
4 I Wanna New Room Karen Kaufman Orloff AD540L


Module Outing:

Take some time to apply what your student is learning to the real world. Suggested outings are below.

# Outing