Q1W9 (10/8-10/12)

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Lee students:  P2JSXH


TeacherKathleen Manning
Subject AreaELA/Social Studies
Grade Level4
Week #9
Unit of InstructionCharacter Traits/Theme/Informative Writing
Standard(s) Taught

RL.1.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

RL.1.2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text. Summarize the text.

RL.1.3 Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details from the text.

RL.4.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, in the grades 4-5 text complexity.

RF.3.3 Know and apply grade level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.

RF.4.4 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

W.10 Write routinely over extended time frames for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

SL.1.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

4L.1.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

4L.1.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

4L.2.3 Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.

4L.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.

4L.3.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

4L.3.6 Acquire and use accurately general academic and domain-specific words and phrases as found in grade level texts.

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

Students will:

  •  Provide a statement of the theme of a text.
  • Provide a statement of the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in context.
  • Provide an explanation of major differences between poems, drama, and prose with references to structural elements of poems (verse, rhythm, meter) and drama (cast of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when writing about a text.
  • Provide a comparison and contrast of the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the differences between 1st and 3rd person.
  • Provide references to details and/or examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when explaining inferences drawn from the text.
Classroom Activities

Texts:  “The Raft” – from Macmillan Literature book (also on Nearpod)

            “The Sandhill Crane” – poem by Mary Austin         (http://www.poetrynook.com/poems/sandhill-crane)

  • Essay writing – Informative
  • Theme activities
  • Discussion of anchor chart questions to analyze characters
  • Read poems/discuss word meanings using context clues
  • Review structural elements of poetry, prose, and drama with power point.
  • Narrative point of view power point and discussion/ graphic organizer
  • Poem visualization activity
  • small groups
  • station rotations (Tues/Thurs)
  • Nature art 


Assignments Due
  • 1. Written in-depth description of Nicky from “The Raft”  (summative)
  • 2. Informative essay (summative)
  • 3. Written explanation of differences of structural elements -“Sandhill Crane” and “The Raft” (formative)
  • 4. Written comparison of point of view of “Sandhill Crane” and “The Raft” (formative)
  • 5. Text dependent questions for “Sandhill Crane” (formative)
  • 6. I-ready individual weekly assignments
  • 7. IXL:  E1-Narrative point of view    AA1-AA4 Context Clues
Additional Resources

Some students are missing assignments and they will be given make-up work to finish this week. Please check gradebook and if your student has any zeroes, it means they have not turned in an assignment.

Parent conferences this week.