Grade 4 Unit 2
Big Idea: Authors utilize relationships among characters to reflect the importance of community.
Grade 4 Unit 2 Overview
Over the course of the next few weeks students will be exploring texts in the reading and writing workshop. Through reading and writing students will be learning how texts work. Students will be using a variety of reading comprehension strategies to deepen reading habits. Aligned to the reading, students will be writing pieces identifying how people affect their communities using text evidence gathered from both fiction and nonfiction texts. Grade 4 students will also explore the effective techniques to develop a summary using paraphrasing and sequencing from either a fiction or nonfiction text. Throughout this unit, students will be able to perfect their ability to plan, draft, revise, edit and publish their own writing pieces.
Through the pairing of fiction and nonfiction texts on related topics, this unit builds on students’ understanding of how the interaction between people and characters impacts the community and often brings about change to a person, situation or community. This unit is particularly effective for teaching analysis, reflection and research of literary and informational texts which present atmosphere (political, social and economic challenges) which students can relate to their own lives.
Throughout the unit, we will infuse the Habits of Mind and the academic and personal behaviors attributed to successful people. We will continually model and discuss how the character/subject take(s) responsible risks, remaining open to continuous learing and persist to achieve their goals. In addition, we will model and encourage our students to think interdependently.
Students will publish and present their writing pieces throughout the unit. Students will be able to engage effectively in collaborative discussions in which they express achievements of a character/subject, build on the ideas of others and respond to questions explicitly drawing on the information gained throughout the unit of study. Students will be expected to echo the question, use evidence from the text, and include transition words when responding to the text. Students will discover how characters effect change and solve problems. The anchor text will serve as a springboard for further investigation of character and how the community changes in response to the character’s actions. This unit of study will deepen their ability to summarize, paraphrase and properly sequence. This unit sets in motion the reading, writing, researching and word analysis processes that will be a hallmark of their 4th grade year. Each student will internalize reading, writing, speaking and listening practices which will continue to support the development of their ability to express information that is relevant to a topic with clarity.