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Fourth Grade Reading Curriculum Units - Literature Skills Bundle

Fourth Grade Reading Curriculum Units - Literature Skills Bundle
Fourth Grade Reading Curriculum Units - Literature Skills Bundle
Fourth Grade Reading Curriculum Units - Literature Skills Bundle
Fourth Grade Reading Curriculum Units - Literature Skills Bundle
Fourth Grade Reading Curriculum Units - Literature Skills Bundle
Fourth Grade Reading Curriculum Units - Literature Skills Bundle
Fourth Grade Reading Curriculum Units - Literature Skills Bundle
Fourth Grade Reading Curriculum Units - Literature Skills Bundle
Product Description
Give your fourth grade reading curriculum a boost! Nine standards-based literature skills units provide everything you need: differentiated reading passages, PowerPoint presentations for direct instruction, student activity pages, assessments, and more.

Created by master teacher Brenda Kovich, these units are classroom tested and kid approved.

Constructed Response
Five units focus on teaching students to construct one-paragraph responses. Each of these units includes PowerPoint presentations for direct instruction, guided practice, independent practice, and assessment. Best of all, a multitude of stories (many differentiated at three reading levels) are included!
RL.4.1 Answering Questions Lesson Plans
RL.4.2 Summarizing Unit
RL.4.2 Finding a Theme Unit
RL.4.3 Describing a Character Lesson Plans
RL.4.6 Determining and Defending Point of View Lesson Plans
RL.4.9 Comparing and Contrasting Folklore

Specific Concepts:
Two units teach specific concepts:
RL.4.4 Words from Mythology Lesson Plans
RL.4.5 Prose, Drama, and Poetry Lesson Plans

Assessment
You will also receive a bundle of literature assessments, which may be used at the beginning, middle, and end of the year, or whenever you need them:
Literature Assessments - Grade 4

You can click on the links above for more thorough product descriptions and previews or read the summaries below. Unit titles contain Common Core State Standards, but they are appropriate for fourth grade students everywhere!

RL.4.1 Answering Questions - Students learn to find evidence in text, write a topic sentence, support with detail sentences, cite, and conclude.

Texts for direct instruction, independent practice, and assessment have been written at three reading levels: advanced, average, and low. This content differentiation allows you to reach all students in your class with one lesson.

The engaging passages, sequenced to provide an ongoing story for the students, were adapted from Chapter 1 of The Wind in the Willows* by Kenneth Grahame.

What’s included:
• Lesson plans
• Poster with steps for answering questions
• Answering Questions PowerPoint presentation that models the process for answering a question
• Six excerpts from The Wind in the Willows*
• Five sets of question sheets corresponding to excerpts for guided practice, independent practice, and assessment
• Rubric with four versions (two with CCSS listed, two without)
• Generic question sheet

RL.4.2 Finding a Theme - Students learn to identify connected details, translate those details into a theme, and write a constructed response, including a topic sentence, detail sentences, and conclusion.

What’s included:
• Teacher notes
• Lesson plans
• Poster with steps for finding and writing about theme of story
• Video links for two stories
• PowerPoint presentation that models connecting details to find a theme and writing a paragraph to express that theme
• Ideas for guided practice
• Four fables with corresponding organizers and response sheets suitable for classroom display
• Generic organizer and response sheets
• Rubric for constructed response on theme (with and without CCSS listed)
• Story arc templates
• Video links to introduce story arcs and how to use them when summarizing and finding a theme
• List of universal truths/themes

RL.4.2 Summarizing - Students will first learn to identify main character(s), setting, goal or motivation, obstacle, steps taken to overcome the obstacle, and outcome. Then they will work on improving their paragraphs by combining sentences, adding transitional phrases, and including essential details.

What’s Included:
• Summarizing PowerPoint presentation featuring “The Dog and Its Shadow” and “The Fox and the Grapes”*
• Organizers and stationery corresponding to “The Fox and the Grapes”
• Four fables: “The Goose and the Golden Egg,” “The Peacock,” “The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse,” and “The Donkey and the Load of Salt”*
• Two generic organizers that you can use for any story
• Themed constructed response sheet for each fable
• Multiple-choice worksheets (with answer keys) for each fable
• Student self-check sheet
• Rubric

RL.4.3 Describing a Character - This complete, differentiated unit teaches students to construct responses that describe characters. Students learn to find evidence in text, write a topic sentence, support with detail sentences, cite, and conclude.

Texts for direct instruction, independent practice, and assessment have been written at three reading levels: advanced, average, and low. This content differentiation allows you to reach all students in your class with one lesson.

The engaging passages were adapted from Just So Stories* by Rudyard Kipling.

What’s included:
• Lesson plans
• Poster with steps for answering questions
• PowerPoint presentation that models the process for describing a character
• “How the Camel Got His Hump” (advanced, averages, and low – 2 pages each – corresponding to PowerPoint presentation)
• Link for video presentation of “The Beginning of the Armadillo”
• “The Beginning of the Armadillo” (average reading level for guided practice – 4 pages)
• Three response sheets for “The Beginning of the Armadillo”
• “The Elephant’s Child” (advanced – 7 pages, average – 6 pages, low – 3 pages for independent practice)
• Three response sheets for “The Elephant’s Child”
• “How the Leopard Got His Spots” (advanced, average, and low for assessment – 2 pages each)
• Three response sheets for “How the Leopard Got His Spots”
• Rubric with four versions (two with CCSS listed, two without)
• Generic question sheet

RL.4.4 Words from Mythology - Discover forty words and phrases originating from characters in Greek and Roman myths! This bundle includes everything you need to teach, reinforce, and assess students’ knowledge of allusions to mythology:
• Allusions to Greek Mythology PowerPoint Presentation – Each slide features the word, its definition, classic artwork (from the public domain) depicting the character, and a brief narrative about the character and how his/her name provides an allusion for the term we use today.
• Posters – Simply print the PowerPoint presentation for a set of 40 posters!
• List of Terms, Characters, and Definitions
• 40 cards – Each card also features the word, definition, and artwork. On the back, a brief narrative explains the character and how the allusion came to be.
• I Have/Who Has Game – Get the whole class involved in this interactive game. Up to 40 students can play!
• Matching Game/Flash Cards – Copy single-sided to create a matching game or back-to-back for flash cards. All forty terms with color pictures are included.
• Test – Twenty matching questions provide a culmination of this unit.

Terms Addressed: Achilles' heel, Adonis, amazon, arachnid, atlas, cereal, chaos, chronological, cupid, echo, fate, fortune, fury, gigantic, harpy, Herculean, hypnosis, iris, jovial, lunatic, martial, mercurial, Midas touch, muse, narcissism, nymph, ocean, oracle, Pandora's box, phobia, phoenix, psychology, siren, tantalize, titanic, Trojan horse, typhoon, volcano, zephyr

RL.4.5 Poetry, Prose, and Drama - Students learn the structures of prose, drama, and poetry then identify each type of literature.

What’s Included:
• • Lesson plans
• PowerPoint presentation for direct instruction
• One-page quick reference guide with samples of each type of literature
• One-page quick reference guide with prose, drama, and poetry terms
• One-page list of additional poetry terms
• Five stories, each based on classic children’s literature*, that include prose, drama, and poetry (Students must identify each type of literature and explain structures in the right-hand column.)
• Additional PowerPoint presentation for practice of rhythm and rhyme in poetry
• Three additional texts for practice discriminating between forms of literature and their elements

RL.4.6 Determining and Defending Point of View - Students learn to identify first-, second-, and third-person pronouns; discriminate between literature written in first person and third person; and write paragraphs to explain point of view. You’ll have everything you need for direct instruction, guided practice, independent practice, and assessment.

What’s Included:
• Lesson plans
• Instructions and table for teaching subject and object pronouns
• Power Point presentation: Determining Point of View
• Power Point presentation: Defending Point of View
• Poster with steps for defending point of view
• “Tree House” (an excerpt from Swiss Family Robinson*)
• Themed response sheets for “Tree House”
• “Alice and the Caterpillar” (an excerpt from The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland*, adapted at three reading levels)
• Themed response sheet for “Alice and the Caterpillar”
• “Back to the Widow’s House” (an excerpt from Huckleberry Finn*, adapted at three reading levels)
• Themed response sheet for “Back to the Widow’s House”
• “The Sea Chest” (an except from Treasure Island*, adapted at three reading levels)
• Themed response sheet for “The Sea Chest”
• “The Journey to Oz” (an excerpt from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz*, adapted at two reading levels)
• Themed response sheet for “The Journey to Oz”
• Rubrics for Determining and Defending Point of View
• Generic response sheet

RL.4.9 Comparing and Contrasting Folklore - Students identify characters, setting, plot, and theme; find similarities and differences in these elements; and write a paragraph to compare and contrast the stories.

What’s Included
• PowerPoint presentation to introduce/review types of folklore
• PowerPoint presentation to model how to write a compare/contrast paragraph
• PowerPoint presentation on archetypes in literature
• 2-page summary of common archetypes in literature (characters, settings, plots, and themes)
• Complete lesson plans for direct instruction, guided practice, independent practice, and assessment
• Poster with steps for comparing and contrasting folklore
• Ten stories to compare and contrast:
o “Mani and Sol” (Norway) and “The Fire Dog” (Korea)*
o “The Goose and the Golden Egg” (Samoa) and “The Gold-Giving Serpent” (India)*
o “The Talking Eggs” (United States) and “Cinderella” (France)*
o “Yorimasa” (Japan) and “The Dreadful Gorgon” (Greece)*
o “Hummingbird and Crane” (United States) and “The Tortoise and the Hare” (Samoa)*
• Five tables for analysis of characters, setting, plot, and theme of each pair of stories
• Five Venn diagrams for comparing and contrasting elements of each pair of stories
• Five response sheets for writing paragraphs comparing and contrasting each pair of stories
• Answer keys with suggested responses (basic and advanced) for each table, Venn diagram, and constructed response

Literature Assessments – Grade 4 - Do you need a sample of your students' reading responses at the beginning, middle, and end of the year? These literature assessments will evaluate your students’ skills and prepare them for standardized tests.

What’s Included:
• Beginning-of-Year Assessment – “The North Wind and the Sun”*
• Middle-of-Year Assessment – “The Rats and Their Son-in-Law”*
• End-of-Year Assessment – “The Talkative Tortoise”*

Student Tasks:
• Answer an Inferential Question (RL.4.1)
• Summarize the Story (RL.4.2)
• Find a Theme (RL.4.2)
• Describe a Character (RL.4.3)
• Define Words Using Context Clues (RL.4.4)
• Discriminate Between Poetry, Drama, and Prose (RL.4.5)
• Determine Point of View (RL.4.6)

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I hope your students enjoy this fourth grade reading curriculum as much as mine do!
Brenda Kovich

*Stories are in the public domain.
Total Pages
10 PowerPoint presentations and 350+ pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
1 Year
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