Grade 4 literacy in social studies: Child labor and human rights

During this Common Core-aligned unit, students read a series of articles on the pros and cons of child labor in the US and in countries around the world. The content parallels the NYC Social Studies scope and sequence for Grade 4. In addition, this packet contains Common Core–aligned tasks and instructional supports. There are two formative assessments that align with reading standards RI.4.1, RI.4.2, R1.4.10 and RI.4.1, RI.4.9, W.4.2, respectively. The final task is a culminating performance assessment to be administered in the final week of a 5–week unit on the topic of child labor. This final task aligns with W.4.1. This task asks students to write an opinion piece, demonstrating knowledge they have gained about the complex issue of child labor and its history. Students will explain why they would or would not buy products made with child labor. Students will support their point of view with reasons and information obtained from the texts used in the unit.

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