“The Many Mysteries of the Finkel Family” by Sarah Kapit
1)Introduction: Give a brief overview of the text, including
a. What genre of text is this?
b. Which age(s) would you use this text with?
c. What topics of themes does this text address?
d. What modalities is this text already available in (e.g., print text? e-book?
audiobook? graphic novel? film adaptation?)
2) Unit Big Ideas/Essential Questions
a. What is one big idea or essential question a unit based on this book might
b. How will studying this big idea or essential question address students’ cultural
c. How will studying this big idea or essential question address students’
d. Describe one activity you would use during the unit to address this big idea or
essential question. Make sure you address how this activity follows the tenets of
3) Literacy Focus
a. Choose one Common Core Literacy Standard that you might use this text to
teach. Please include the number AND text of the Standard.
b. Explain why this text is suited to addressing that standard.
c. Describe one activity you would use during the unit to address this Common
Core Literacy Standard. Make sure you address how this activity follows the
tenets of UDL!
4) Supplementary Texts
a. Select and briefly describe one text that you would use to supplement the unit
(e.g., to build background knowledge on a particular topic, to add an additional
access point, or to better address students’ cultural competence and/or
b. Briefly describe how and why you would use this text to supplement Arnold
(2017) or Kapit (2021)
a. What artifacts will students produce during the activity designed to address the
unit’s big ideas, themes, or essential questions?
b. What specific criteria will students need to meet to show that they have adequate
understanding of a big idea, theme, or essential question?
c. What artifacts will students produce during the activity designed to address the Common Core Literacy Standard you will focus on?d.What specific criteria will students need to meet to show that they have met this
Common Core Literacy Standard?
e. Please explain how your assessments will be culturally and linguistically
relevant, and allow students to demonstrate their understanding using multiple
f. Develop and include one rubric for either assessment.
a. Overall, would you recommend that elementary teachers use this text? Why or
b. What cautions or warnings would you give to elementary teachers using this
a. Please attach the supplementary text as an appendix. If the text can only be
accessed through a password-protected site, please include screenshots or other
relevant attachments so that I can access the text.