Unit of Study (What is the strategy or genre/literary element for this unit?) Unit 1: Fiction Launch Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing

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Unit 1: Fiction Launch

Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing

Standards Addressed

RL 4.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

RL 4.2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize a text.

RL 4.3 Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text.

RL 4.5 Explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems (eg. verse, rhythm, meter)

RL 4.6 Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.

I Can Statements



I Can Statements -Priority

  1. I can use details to explain answers explicitly found in text (right there answers). [RL.4.1]

  2. I can draw inferences in a text using what the author tells me and my schema. [RL.4.1]

  3. I can provide evidence to support the inferences. [RL.4.1

  4. I can draw inferences from a text and refer to details and examples in the text when explaining my inferences.[RL.4.1]

  5. I can summarize what the text says. [RL.4.2]

  6. I can select key details from a text to summarize a selection [RL.4.2]

  7. I can describe a character’s motives and actions in depth and locate/provide specific details from the text. [RL.4.3]

  8. I can describe a setting in depth and locate/provide specific details from the text. [RL.4.3]

  9. I can describe an event in depth and locate/provide specific details from the text. [RL.4.3]

I Can Statements – Supporting

  1. I can determine the theme of a piece of literature. [RL.4.2

  2. I can refer to structural elements to explain major differences among poems, drama, and prose.[RL.4.5]

  3. I can write and talk about the differences between poems, plays and fictional stories. [RL.4.5
  4. I can refer to specific elements of poems (verse, rhythm, meter) and plays (characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when I write or talk about a piece of fiction. [RL.4.5]

  5. I can compare and contrast the viewpoint of different stories, especially in first- and third-person narration.[RL.4.6]

Mentor Texts


Question Stems, Comprehension Strategies, and

Formative Assessments

Question Stems

  1. Can you tell me the reasons why the character said …in the story?

  2. Show me where you linked your thinking to the text. What was the author’s purpose in writing this text?

  3. What does the author mean when he/she says ____?

  4. Which specific details in the text lead you to that conclusion?

  5. What can you infer from what you have read so far? Why do you think that___?

  6. Can you give specific examples from the text that support your thinking?

  7. What are the most important events that happened in the story? How do you know?

  8. What is the theme of this text?
  9. Summarize the story from beginning to end in a few sentences.

  10. What is the main idea of this poem/drama/ story?

  11. Can you summarize what has happened so far?

  12. Convey to your partner in one sentence what the story is about?

  13. Can you tell me how the character is feeling is this part of the story?

  14. Explain why the character is feeling this way.

  15. Describe a character in the story using specific details.

  16. Describe the setting of the story using specific details.

  17. Describe what happened in the story when …

  18. What do you think ________ looks like (character or setting)?

  19. What words does the author use to describe _______(character or setting)?

  20. What words let you know what the character was thinking?

  21. Why do you think that happened that way in the story?

  22. Describe the impact of the setting on the outcome of the story.

  23. Did the environment affect the outcome of the story?

  24. Can you tell me what is different about these kinds of texts? What is the same?

  25. his selection can best be described as __________.

  26. Can you show me a verse in this poem?

  27. Who are the major characters in the play/drama?

  28. Can you explain the difference between a poem and a selection of prose?

  29. Find an example of how the author uses rhythm in the poem.
  30. Can you show me an example of a verse, rhythm, and/or meter in this poem?

  31. Think about what you read. Who is telling the story?

  32. Think about what you read. Do you agree with the way the characters are thinking in this story?

  33. Do you agree with the way the narrator is thinking in this story? How is your thinking the same or different?

Formative Assessments

  1. The Hawk and His Friends

  2. Summary Graphic Organizer

  3. Writing a summary with a graphic organizer

  4. Character Assessment Open-ended Response

  5. Referring to details and examples in text open-ended response

Reading Strategies

  • Monitor and Correct

  • Summarizing

  • Maintain Fluency

  • Adjusting

  • Predicting

  • Inferring

  • Making Connections

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

L.4.4a Context Clues Use context (e.g., definitions, examples, or restatements in text) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
  • I can use context clues to figure out word meaning.

L.4.5c Synonyms and Antonyms Demonstrate understanding of words by relating them to their opposites (antonyms) and to words with similar but not identical meanings (synonyms).

  • I can define antonym and synonym.

  • I can demonstrate my understanding of words by relating them to their synonyms and antonyms.

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