Q1W7 (9/23/19-9/27/19)

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TeacherElizabeth Brumley
Subject AreaELA/Social Studies
Grade Level4
Week #7
Unit of InstructionNational Parks/Opinion Writing/ Government
Standard(s) Taught


  • RI2.5 Describe the structure of a non-fiction text (chronological order, compare/contrast, cause/effect, problem/solution)
  • 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.
  • RL.2.6: Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.


  • W1.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and evidence
  • L.1.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
  • L.3.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 4 reading
    and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

  • L.3.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
  • W.4.10 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.

Social Studies

  • SS.4.C.3.1 Identify the three branches (Legislative, Judicial, Executive) of government in Florida and the powers of each.
  • SS.4.C.3.2 Distinguish between state (governor, state representative, or senator) and local government (mayor, city commissioner).
Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

Students will:


  • Show understanding of text structures and their signal words by writing articles using each text structure
  • Use text features to make text more understandable
  • Analyze a timeline and compare it to the text
  • Identify 1st and 3rd person point of view in stories; explain how point of view influences the events in a story
  • Describe characters, how they can change in a story, and how the events influence their change


  • Write a strong lead for an opinion essay
  • Learn the significance of transitional words and phrases when writing

Social Studies

  • Identify and explain the purpose of each branch of government
Classroom Activities

Read The Raft-summarize main events and explain how the events affected the character’s outlook on his situation

Opinion writing

Centers – IXL, spelling choice, vocabulary, point of view, reading

Point of View Test

Reading Summative

Branches of Government Test

Assignments Due
  • “The Raft” questions
  • Point of View Test
  • Text Features project
  • Branches of Government Test
  • Reading Summative
Additional Resources

Spelling Weeks 7 & 8 (Test on these words 10/4/19)

  1. campaign
  2. campfire
  3. encamp
  4. candle
  5. candidate
  6. candor
  7. captain
  8. captivity
  9. captivate

cam: field      cand: shine, white      cap: head, hold, seize

Vocabulary Words Week 5 & 6 (Test 10/4/19)

  1. Distribute – to divide between several or many
  2. assortment – a collection of different things or persons
  3. sequence – the order in which things happen
  4. circular – having the form of a circle
  5. queasy – feeling sick to your stomach
  6. assure – to promise
  7. consist – to be made up of
  8. draft – to put into written form
  9. exceed – to be greater than or go above the limits
  10. notorious – well-known