We are (supposed to be) using Oakland Schools Units of Study for Reading and Writing this year. The idea behind said units is fantastic - they are aligned with common core, provide anchor charts and step by step lessons. They go into minute details of what should be included, and how to deliver the instruction.
That's all the detail I'm going to go into about the units. You can read into it as much or little as you'd like!
What I am going to share is the Character Study unit we did. I really, really enjoyed this unit, and so did the Thinkers.
Working in partners, the kids read different books that had a strong lead character. They set their page schedule in their work booklet, and used the mini lessons to learn more about characters and character development. One thing was missing from the unit, though, and that was a culminating project.
Hence, the "wanted" posters were born.
Now, ideally, these posters were going to be blabberized, and then used as an AR trigger image so that anyone could "hear" the characters "speak" but alas, the flu took me, and we lost time. Maybe next year. The posters still turned out really neat, though!