Quarter 1 Week 4 (9/5-9/8)

TeacherPamela Barnes
Subject AreaELA/Social Studies
Grade Level4
Week #4
Unit of InstructionNational Parks/Opinion Writing/Maps
Standard(s) Taught
  • RI2.5 Describe the structure of a non-fiction text (chronological order, compare/contrast, cause/effect, problem/solution)
  • RI1.2 Determine the main idea and supporting details of a nonfiction text
  • RI.3.7   Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.
  • W1.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and evidence
  • SS.4.G.1.4 Interpret political and physical maps using map elements (title, compass rose, cardinal directions, intermediate directions, symbols, legend, scale, longitude, latitude)
  • SS.4.G.1.1 Identify physical features of Florida
  • SS.4.G.1.2 Locate and label cultural features on a Florida map
Learning Targets and Learning Criteria
  • Understand that an author changes the structure of a text based on their purpose for writing
  • Read a text and identify the text structure used by the author
  • Identify text features used in non-fiction text; define each one; know the purpose of each one
  • Analyze texts to distinguish between varying viewpoints
  • Identify key details and evidence to support particular points
  • Identify purpose, audience, and task of chosen writing prompt
  • Create an outline/planning sheet for an opinion essay using topic and supporting reasons
  • Indicate cardinal directions and intermediate directions on a map
  • Identify and locate Florida’s major physical features, including major bodies of water and areas with major islands on a state map such as Florida Keys
  • Locate, label, and discuss Florida’s cultural features on a Florida map (e.g., state capital-Tallahassee, major cities, sites of important historical events, major tourist attractions)
Classroom Activities
  • Complete “Text Feature Hunt” while reading “Preserving Unique Places”
  • Create poster to explain how text features enhance and aid in an understanding of a text, or
  • Create poster to explain the different types of text structures
  • Label a map of FL with major cities, physical features, and tourist attractions
  • Small group book study 
Assignments Due


  • Due Friday: Please have students log onto ThinkCERCA at home if they have not finished their benchmark assignments. Their username is their alphacode@vcs2go.net and the password is thinkcerca

In-Class Assignments

  • Planning sheet for chosen writing prompt
  • Text feature or text structure poster
  • Summative test on Friday that covers text structures, text features, main idea, and text-based inferences
  • Map of FL
  • Crossword puzzle week 5 social studies weekly
Additional Resources
  • Students are encouraged to practice on Readtheory.org as it provides extra reading practice online that is tailored to your child’s reading ability