Unit 4a

A Stranger Came Ashore by Mollie Hunter


Grade 6


Unit Length and Description:


9 Weeks


This nine-week unit focuses on the mythology of the Shetland Islands, specifically that of the “Selkie-folk,” as revealed through literature and informational text. Students will read a variety of informational texts in addition to the fictional story, comparing and contrasting these works in order to integrate knowledge and ideas between and among the fictional story/stories and the nonfictional pieces. Students will also conduct research on seals and the Selkie-folk, comparing and contrasting the known to the myths. The culminating activity is to compose a narrative alternate ending based on the information they have read during the course of the unit.


This unit will focus on craft and structure and integrating knowledge and ideas.  Writing will be predominately narrative with some informative/explanatory and argumentative.




Reading Literature:

RL.6.7: Compare and contrast the experience of reading a story, drama, or poem to listening to or viewing an audio, video, or live version of the text, including contrasting what they “see” and “hear” when reading the text to what they perceive when they listen or watch.


RL.6.9: Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres (e.g., stories and poems; historical novels and fantasy stories) in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics.


Reading Information:

RI.6.7: Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.


RI.6.8: Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.


RI.6.9: Compare and contrast one author’s presentation of events with that of another (e.g., a memoir written by and a biography on the same person).



W.6.3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.

a.  Engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically.

b.  Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, and description, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.

c.  Use a variety of transition words, phrases, and clauses to convey sequence and signal shifts from one time frame or setting to another.

d.  Use precise words and phrases, relevant descriptive details, and sensory language to convey experiences and events.

e.  Provide a conclusion that follows from the narrated experiences or events.


W.6.8: Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources; assess the credibility of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and providing basic bibliographic information for sources.


W.6.9: Draw relevant evidence from grade-appropriate literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

a.  Apply grade 6 Reading standards to literature (e.g., “Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres [e.g., stories and poems; historical novels and fantasy stories] in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics”).

b.  Apply grade 6 Reading standards to literary nonfiction (e.g., “Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not”).


Speaking and Listening:

SL.6.4: Present claims and findings, sequencing ideas logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts, and details to accentuate main ideas or themes; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.


SL.6.5: Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, images, music, sound) and visual displays in presentations to clarify information.


SL.6.6: Adapt speech to a variety of contexts, audiences, and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.



L.6.4: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 6 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

a.  Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph; a word’s position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.

b.  Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., audience, auditory, audible).

c.  Consult reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning or its part of speech.

d.  Verify the preliminary determination of the meaning of a word or phrase (e.g., by checking the inferred meaning in context or in a dictionary).


L.6.5: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

a.  Interpret figures of speech (e.g., personification) in context.

b.  Use the relationship between particular words (e.g., cause/effect, part/whole, item/category) to better understand each of the words.

c.  Distinguish among the connotations (associations) of words with similar denotations (definitions) (e.g., stingy, scrimping, economical, unwasteful, thrifty).


Enduring Understandings:


Studying other cultures’ history and stories helps us understand those cultures better.


The people of many cultures tell stories, or myths, about the past as a creative way to explain the world around them.


Geography and location can determine culture.


Using information to make inferences can help you solve problems.


When writing narratives, certain story elements should be included.


Essential Questions:


Why do we study the history of and read stories from other cultures?


Why do different cultures have their own special mythology?


How can geographical location affect people?


Why is it important to seek information when trying to fix a problem?


What elements should be included in narrative writing?