• Elementary Literacy Fourth Grade, Quarter 4 Unit 2

    Subject: Literacy
    Grade: Fourth
    Timeline: 4 - 4 1/2 weeks

    Quarter 4 Unit 2 Overview: 


    In this final 4-4 ½ week unit, students focus on reading many biographies about people who have made significant contributions to society.  As they read, students learn how to ask questions in order to gather information.  They will also use their knowledge of language and its conventions as they write, speak, read, or listen.  During this unit, students will read In My Family, My Visit to a Dreamy Place, Joe Kittinger: An Unsung Hero, American Sports Legend, and a biography about Kate Middleton.  Students will demonstrate a command of the conventions of standard English as they read and write with accuracy and clarity.  During Word Study, students will be exposed to high frequency words and review previously taught Nifty Thrifty Fifty words.  The teacher will model comprehension strategies while providing opportunities for guided and independent practice. The block framework provides opportunities for modeling, guided practice, and independent practice necessary for students’ mastery of the competencies of this unit.

    Quarter 4 Unit 2 Performance Task:
    The Performance Task for this unit has been removed and replaced with a CLOSE READ that includes a culminating activity.  There will also be a District Assessment.

    Focus Standards:

    CC.1.2.4.D Compare and contrast an event or topic told from two different points of view.

    CC.1.5.4.F Differentiate between contexts that require formal English versus informal situations.

    CC.1.1.4.E Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in grade level text, including interpretation of figurative language.

    CC.1.2.4.H Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.

    CC1.5.4.A Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions on grade level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

    CC.1.2.4.B Refer to details and examples in text to support what the text says explicitly and make inferences.

    CC.1.2.4.A Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

    CC.1.2.4.C Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

    CC.1.2.4.L Read and comprehend literary non-fiction and informational text on grade level, reading independently and proficiently.

    CC1.4.4.A Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

    CC.1.4.4.B Identify and introduce the topic clearly.

    CC.1.4.4.C Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic; include illustrations and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.

    CC.1.4.4.L Demonstrate a grade-appropriate command of the conventions of standard English grammar, usage, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling.

    CC.1.4.4.D  Group related information in paragraphs and sections, linking ideas within categories of information using words and phrases; providing a concluding statement or section; include formatting when useful to aiding comprehension.

    CC1.4.4.X Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

    CC.1.4.4.E Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.

    CC1.4.4.L Demonstrate a grade-appropriate command of the conventions of standard English grammar, usage, capitalization and spelling.

    Student Objectives/Competencies:

    Students will be able to…

    -Read and understand the content of informational texts and documents
    -Cite evidence from text to support generalizations.
    -Summarize and paraphrase a variety of texts
    -Draw conclusions based on information from text
    -Form conclusion(s) about relevant details of an event
    -Persuade an audience using a point of view
    -Describe a character, setting, or event in depth
    -Write and ask questions to gather information
    -Write to tell about a person, friend or family member

    District Assessment

    Elements of Instruction:

    • Skill based groups
    • Reading level groups
    • DRA2

    Interdisciplinary Connections:
    -Scholastic News