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The Water in Africa Project was realized over a 2-year period by a team of Peace Corps volunteers. As part of an expanded, detailed design, resources were collected from over 90 volunteers serving in African countries, photos and stories were prepared, and standards-based learning units were created for K-12 students. This unit, "Narrative vs. Expository Texts," contends that many students have difficulties determining the difference between narrative and expository texts. The unit uses vignettes written by Peace Corps volunteers to compare and contrast these types of texts. Intended for use with high school students, the unit can be used in English, reading, and geography classes. Five class periods of 45 minutes each are suggested. The unit lists materials needed, outlines applicable standards, provides essential questions, and gives student objectives. It details day-by-day procedures, assessment activities, and follow-up/enrichment activities. Appended are photographs of daily activities in Lesotho and Madagascar accompanied by expository text. (Contains evaluation sheets and graphic organizer handouts.) (BT)

Descriptors: Area Studies, Curriculum Enrichment, Developing Nations, English, Foreign Countries, Geography, High Schools, Language Arts, National Standards, Social Studies, Writing Difficulties, Writing Processes

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Author: Garrett, Carly Sporer


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