4th Grade ELA Units (Stage 1)
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Content Area: Language Arts
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Unit 1: Animals as Characters
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Grade Level: 4
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Stage 1 - Desired Results
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Transfer
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Students will be able to independently use their learning to...
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• clearly communicate ideas, events, and experiences
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Meaning
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Enduring Understandings:Essential Questions:
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Students will understand that...Students will keep considering...
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• informational text is used to obtain knowledge
• writing and speaking is a way to convey meaning
• all characters have emotions
• How do you speak and listen effectively?
• How does comprehension of informational text contribute to creative lifelong learning?
• What skills are necessary to give and seek information in conversations, group discussions, and oral presentations?
• How does the author use personification to enhance the non-human characters?
• Why did the author choose to use animals instead of people, and how did it impact the story?
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Acquisition
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Students will know...Students will be able to...
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• text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world connections
• a summary of literature includes: main and supporting characters, setting, and plot (events, problem, solution, and climax)
• a good inference includes clues, relevant information, and accurate connections
• a summary of informational text includes: main idea, supporting details, key vocabulary, the time and place of the information in the text, and text structure
• decoding strategies: prefixes, suffixes, chunks, blends, digraphs, segmenting, blending, etc.
• elements of the writing process
• proofreading marks
• narrative writing is a form of fiction

LITERATURE
• providing text evidence and support when drawing inferences in literature and informational text
• determining the theme of text (story, drama, or poem)
• describing how the setting impacts characters and events
• describing characters, settings, or events in a story, drawing on specific details
• explaining the difference between structural formats and characteristics of texts in written or oral expression
• making connections between the text and the visual or oral presentation of the text
• reading and comprehending literature and informational texts at grade level
INFORMATIONAL TEXT
• determining the main idea and supporting details
• summarizing texts
• determining the meaning of grade level vocabulary in content
• interpreting information presented in charts, diagrams, or timelines
• integrating information from at least two texts on the same topic and writing or speaking about the topic
FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS
• applying decoding strategies to read unknown words
• reading with accuracy and fluency to support comprehension
WRITING
• composing narratives using real or imagined experiences
• composing narratives with sequential order using descriptive details and a clear focus
• establishing a narrator or character
• composing narrative that includes dialogue
• using transitional words or phrases in narrative writing
• producing organized narratives that are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience
• revising and editing for conventions with support from peers and adults
• using technology to produce and publish writing
• typing one page in a single setting
• writing routinely for different purposes and audiences
SPEAKING AND LISTENING
• interacting and collaborating with others
• incorporating technology to enhance presentation
• differentiating between the use of formal and informal English in writing, speaking, reading, or listening
LANGUAGE
• writing with correct verb tenses
• producing complete sentences
• using appropriate conventions when writing (capitalization, commas, quotation marks, spelling)
• using context clues to determine the meaning of words
• determining the meaning of a word using roots and common affixes
• using print and reference materials
• accurately using conversational and academic grade level vocabulary

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