Grade 4 Writing

Readers and Writers Workshop Launch

Unit Sketch

This unit is an introduction to the routines and expectations of Readers and Writers Workshop. It sets the tone for the year with expectations around mini lessons, partnerships, independent reading and writing time, and effective ways to use the Readers and Writers notebook.

Enduring Understandings

Students will understand that...

  • Writer's use tools, processes, and practices to continuing becoming better writers.

Skills

Students will be able to...

  • Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience
  • 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
  • Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly

The Arc of Story: Realistic Fiction

Unit Sketch

This is based on a Lucy Calkins' unit and is designed to be done in conjunction with Interpreting Characters: The Heart of the Story.

Enduring Understandings

Students will understand that...

  • Writers workshop is a way to build a community of writers in our class.
  • Writing notebooks are tools that writers use.
  • The writing process helps writers write.
  • Realistic fiction arises from real life.
  • Characters in stories, like us in real life, evolve over time.
  • Characters, in stories, like us in real life, learn lessons.

Skills

Students will be able to...

  • Follow the writing process (rehearsing, drafting, conferring, revising, editing, publishing)
  • Revise stories through the use of elaboration techniques (description, dialogue
  • Build realistic fiction from real-life event

Persuasive/Opinion

Unit Sketch

This unit is designed to be done in conjunction with the Social Studies Global Trade and Interdependence unit and the Reading Unit (Informational with a Focus on Opinion).

Enduring Understandings

Students will understand that...

  • Effective writers communicate their ideas in multiple ways.
  • Effective writers make choices about the language they use.
  • Writing should be purposefully focused, detailed, organized, and sequenced in a way that clearly communicates the ideas to the reader.
  • Effective research presents an answer to a question, demonstrates understanding of the inquiry, and properly cites information from multiple sources.
  • Comprehension is enhanced through a collaborative process of sharing and evaluating ideas.

Skills

Students will be able to...

  • State their opinion in the form of a thesis statement
  • Support their opinion using evidence from surveys and/or factual text, personal experience, etc.
  • Cite evidence used in a bibliography
  • Demonstrate organizational structures (paragraphing, sub-headings, transitions) appropriate to the task and purpose

Informational

Unit Sketch

Students conduct research as a part of the Structures and Function Science unit and create an informational book.

Enduring Understandings

Students will understand that...

  • Nonfiction text features enhance our understanding of nonfiction text if used in a purposeful way.
  • The purpose of nonfiction text and text features is to teach concepts and not just facts.

Skills

Students will be able to...

  • Produce clear and coherent writing around a specific subject
  • Use technology effectively to write, revise and publish nonfiction text
  • Group facts and content in a logical manner, utilizing paragraphs, sections and chapters, where applicable
  • Use text features appropriately to deliver meaning

Reading and Writing Fantasy

Unit Sketch

This is a combined reading and writing unit focusing on fantasy. The Lightning Thief will be used as a whole class novel.

Enduring Understandings

Students will understand that...

  • There are common patterns in literature.
  • Literature helps us to make sense of the world around us.
  • Literature from the past influences our current lives and contemporary stories.
  • Writers need to think about who will tell the story they write & why.
  • When writing a fantasy story, writers need to create a fantastical world that seems real enough that the reader can get lost in the story & believe that it could actually happen ("suspended disbelief").
  • There are specific characteristics of the fantasy genre. (make believe world, alien species, make believe language, etc.).

Skills

Students will be able to...

  • Identify similarities and differences between a text and a DVD version of the same story
  • Identify how point of view can affect how a story is told
  • Conduct discussions about the book they are reading, citing evidence to support their ideas
  • Write a short fan fiction fantasy story that builds off ofThe Lightning Thief.

Reading and Writing Poetry

Unit Sketch

This is a combined reading and writing unit that allows students to investigate figurative language, theme, and how authors decide on the language and layout of their poems to best deliver their message to their intended audiences. Students will read a variety of poems and discuss meaning, both in terms of author message, theme, and /or what the figurative language really represents. Students will then produce a small collection of poems around a central idea/ theme and will present them using audio recordings along with visual displays that will enhance the development of main ideas or themes of their poetry collection.

Enduring Understandings

Students will understand that...

  • Authors use figurative language to best deliver their message to their intended audiences.
  • Discussing poetry with others helps readers better understand the author's message, theme, and what figurative language represents.

Skills

Students will be able to...

  • Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience
  • Use line breaks in a way that seems purposeful and thought out, after editing by reading out loud
  • Separate ideas by creating different stanzas in at least one poem in a way that seems purposeful and thought out, after editing by reading out loud
  • Use words in poems in a way that seems purposeful and thought out. I attempted to really
  • Create a vivid mental picture for an audience or to evoke a feeling

Readers and Writers Theater

Unit Sketch

This unit will involve analyzing the reader's theatre and writing their brief analysis (analyzing the character and then using that analysis to impact their reader's theatre performance.

Enduring Understandings

Students will understand that...

  • Writers engage in a process to continually improve their writing.
  • Writing for Readers Theater requires attention to task, purpose, and audience.

Skills

Students will be able to...

  • Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research
  • Apply grade 4 Reading standards to literature (e.g., “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 thoughts, words, or actions].”)