English Language Arts - Unit 1 - Family Update
Dear Fifth Grade Families,
“How can where you are change who you are?” That is the big question we are exploring in this unit. To answer it, we are reading, writing, and talking about immigration. Be a part of our exploration! With your student, read the New Words on the next page. Then follow these directions.
- Talk together about where your family is from and where you live now. Do you know any anecdotes, or true stories, about your family's history? Share them. Try to use some of the New Words in your discussion.
- Together, choose one anecdote about your family’s history. Write it on the lines below.
- Remind your student to bring the completed anecdote to class.
What We’re Reading
“My Diary from Here to There”
by Amada Irma Pérez
In this story, a girl keeps a diary to record her thoughts and feelings about moving from Mexico to the United States.
“I Was Dreaming to Come to America”
by Veronica Lawlor
In these oral histories, European immigrants describe their arrival in the United States.
“A Refugee Remembers”
by John Bul Dau
In this autobiography, Explorer John Bul Dau, a Sudanese refugee, describes his journey.
adapted from the PBS series In the Mix
In this documentary, young immigrants from around the world talk about their lives.