This year 4 Black Lives themed unit of work is based on Counting on Katherine by Helaine Becker. Counting on Katherine tells the extraordinary tale of Katherine Johnson, a young mathematical genius who faced terrible segregation throughout her life. This true story recounts how Katherine’s boundless curiosity, skill and determination eventually led her to become one of NASA’s most prominent mathematicians.

The unit comprises 15 sessions of English planning and focuses on mastering key writing skills (grammar, vocabulary and punctuation) from the national curriculum. Opportunities to develop reading comprehension, writing composition and spoken language skills are also woven throughout the unit.

Mastery Skills:

  • Expand noun phrases by the addition of modifying adjectives, nouns and prepositional phrases
  • Use fronted adverbials
  • Use paragraphs to organise information and ideas around a theme (to organise and sequence more extended narrative structures)
  • Choose nouns or pronouns appropriately for clarity and cohesion and to avoid repetition
  • Use commas after fronted adverbials

Short writing opportunities:

  • Description
  • Character description
  • Diary
  • Letter of application
  • Dialogue
  • Biography
  • Letter

Resources: PowerPoints, lesson planning and abridged methodology.

This Black Lives themed collection of units aligns with skills and progression covered in Pathways to Write, Autumn 1.

The supporting texts for the units of work can be purchased at Peters Ltd at 30% off the RRP price of the books*

Please contact Oonagh Towse 07815 557646

Or, place your order online using discount code ‘LITCO30’ Click here for details

*You will receive 30% discount off the RRP on the vast majority of books ordered for the Pathways to Read and Pathways to Write programmes. Items excluded from this offer: book packs, plus short discount items (a small number of academic titles, big books, and audio titles). This offer may not be used in conjunction with any other promotion.

This unit can be used individually or as part of a whole-school themed project with our other units on this theme.

If you are an existing Pathways to Write school and wish to order any additional units, please download and complete the order form above to access your Pathways Literacy discounted prices.