Q3W23 (2/4-2/8)

TeacherKathleen Manning
Subject AreaELA/Social Studies
Grade Level4
Week #23
Unit of InstructionMLK/Biographies/Civil Rights
Standard(s) Taught

LAFS.4.RI.2.6:  Compare and contrast a firsthand and secondhand account of the same event or topic; describe the differences in focus and the information provided.

 LAFS.4.RI.1.1   Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

 LAFS.4.RI.1.3 Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

 LAFS.4.SL.1.1 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.

 LAFS.4.RI.4.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational text, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4-5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

 LAFS.4.RF.4.4  Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

 LAFS.4.RF.3.3  Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.

SS.4.A.8.1 Identify Florida’s role in the Civil Rights Movement.

LAFS.4.W.3.7 Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.




Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

Students will:

  • Provide a comparison and contrast of a first hand and second hand account of the same event or topic.
  • Provide a description of the differences in focus and the information presented in a first hand vs a second hand account of an event.
  • Provide a statement that integrates information from two texts on the same topic.
  • Provide an explanation of major differences between poems, drama, and prose with references to structural elements, when writing about a text.
  • Gather a variety of information about a research topic.
Classroom Activities

Texts: “My Brother Martin” from MacMillan Literature book. “Honoring King” from Readworks.org    “Martin Luther King, Jr.- The Story of a Dream” a play  “The Autobiography of MLK” excerpt from the document from the King Institute   “Civil Rights Leader MLK, Jr. from Newsela.com

Class discussion of first hand and second hand accounts. 

Text comparison chart together in class (students copy examples off board)

Text comparison questions based on chart and discussion.

Students read Black History Biographies in class and will take notes on their note taking sheet as they read.

Station Rotations

Integrating 2 texts activity using “Civil Rights Leader MLK” and “Honoring King”

Comparing dramatic text and a poem- review of structural elements

Essay writing practice:  Good Introductions

Assignments Due


Text comparison chart and questions 

Integrating 2 Texts – written summary

Comparison of drama and poem – written paragraphs

Note taking sheet for Biography

Additional Resources

Students have been assigned a Living Biography Project which will be due on Monday, February 25, 2019. Student projects should be completed and they should be ready to do their presentations during that week (they will be assigned a day so they can be prepared with their props). They are doing research using a book they have chosen from my classroom collection of African American biographies. These will be read in class and the students will take notes as they read. 

For their project, they are to have BOTH an oral and visual presentation. They are to BECOME the person by dressing up and speaking with emotion and feeling, about the experiences of their life and how their life was affected by these experiences. They will tell their story using the pronoun “I.” They can use other props, music, costumes, posters, maps, poems, power point, etc. Please refer to the RUBRIC for grading and expectations.