In this 8-week unit students will read literature related to the theme of responsibility. Students will write narrative pieces that are organized by chronological order. Students will participate in collaborative discussions with their peers. Students will use grade-level conventions and grammar in their writing. Students will read with accuracy and fluency while applying grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Students will also receive instruction in informational writing and constructed evidence responses. This will carry into sciences and social studies. In science, we will focus on identifying evidence from patterns in rock formations and layers to explain changes in landscape over time. Students will also make observations/measurements to provide evidence of weathering and erosion. Student interpret and analyze information from maps to determine patterns of earth's features.
How can a reader gain a deeper understanding of a character?
What details from a story help me to identify character traits?
How can I use details and text-based evidence to write about a character?
How can a writer organize details and experiences in a narrative?
What elements are needed to write narrative paragraphs? How do these elements help the reader understand what I have written?
How can different reference materials help us determine parts of speech, convey meaning of words and determine figurative language and dialect (slang) when speaking or writing?
I Can Statements
Key Standards Unit 4.1
Reading Literature Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text (RL4.1) Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details, in the text (e.g., a character's thought, words, or actions). (RL4.3) Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean). (RL4.4)
Reading Foundational Skills Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words. (RF 4.3) Use and combined knowledge of all letter-sound correspondences, syllabication patterns, and morphology (e.g., roots and affixes) to read accurately unfamiliar multisyllabic words in context and out of context. (RF 4.3a) Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension. (RF 4.4) Read on-level text with purpose and understanding. (RF 4.4a) Read on-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings. (RF 4.4b) Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary. (RF 4.4c)