Give your fourth grade reading curriculum a boost! Nine standards-based literature 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.
New: You will also receive the link to a comprehensive website: Fourth Grade Literature Skills File Drawer
. The website stores all texts and student pages as individual documents, giving you the ability to share them digitally – or post them on your closed classroom website. Additional resources and helpful links are also included. Click here
to preview all ten files in this virtual file drawer.
Six units ask students to write one-paragraph responses. Each of these units includes one (or more) PowerPoint presentation for direct instruction, an activity for guided practice, three or four activities for independent practice, and an assessment. Best of all, a multitude of stories (many differentiated at three reading levels) are included!
• Answering Questions (RL.4.1)
• Summarizing (RL.4.2)
• Finding a Theme (RL.4.2)
• Describing Characters, Setting, and Events (RL.4.3)
• Determining and Defending Point of View (RL.4.6) This unit also includes a multiple choice option.
• Comparing and Contrasting Folklore (RL.4.9)
Two units teach specific concepts. A bonus file holds activities for analyzing text and media.
• Alluding to Greek Mythology (RL.4.4)
• Identifying Prose, Drama, and Poetry (RL.4.5)
• Analyzing Text and Media (RL.4.7)
You will also receive a bundle of literature assessments, which may be used at the beginning, middle, and end of the year – or as test prep.
• Literature Assessments - Grade 4
Brief summaries of each unit are listed below. For more thorough previews, click on the links.
Answering Questions (RL.4.1)
Students learn to construct responses to explaining and inferring questions. They find evidence in text, write a topic sentence, support with detail sentences, cite, and conclude. Six engaging passages, sequenced to provide an ongoing story, were adapted from Chapter 1 of The Wind in the Willows
by Kenneth Grahame. Two questions sheets correspond to each passage.
• Lesson plans
• Poster with steps for answering questions
• PowerPoint presentation that models the process for answering a question
• Six one-page excerpts from The Wind in the Willows
, each differentiated at three reading levels: “Spring,” “The River Bank,” “Rowing,” “The Rescue,” “The Apology,” and “Rat’s House”
• Six sets of question sheets that correspond to excerpts for guided practice, independent practice, and assessment
• Two rubrics (one with citation, one without) in two versions each (with and without Common Core State Standard RL.4.1 listed)
• Generic question sheet and rubrics to use with any story
Bonus Materials in Companion Website:
• Video lesson on answering questions
• Additional assessment option
• 4 handouts for guidance in answering questions
• Explaining versus inferring worksheet
You’ll receive four summarizing graphic organizers, two PowerPoint presentations, a video link, five summarizing passages, and rubrics – everything you need to teach your students how to summarize literature.
A variety of options are available: summarizing with a story arc, using somebody wanted but then so
, or identifying story elements. Pick and choose for your whole class, or differentiate to meet the needs of each student.
• Notes for the teacher and lesson plans
• Two Power Point presentations featuring “The Dog and Its Shadow” and “The Fox and the Grapes” (one uses somebody wanted but then so
and the other employs story elements)
• Story arc template and link to a three-minute video explaining how to use it
• Five one-page fables (beginning with simple and scaffolding to most complex): “The Fox and the Grapes,” “The Goose and the Golden Egg,” “The Peacock,” “The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse,” and “The Donkey and the Load of Salt”*
• Three levels of organizers, multiple-choice worksheet (with answer key), and themed response sheet for each story
• Three generic organizers that you can use for any story
• Student self-check sheets
Bonus Materials in Companion Website:
The companion website houses even more resources.
• Response sheets with guidance for somebody wanted but then so
• Response sheets with guidance of summary elements
Finding a Theme (RL.4.2)
Students learn to find a theme and explain it in a literary response. They identify connected details, translate those details into a theme, and write a constructed response, including a topic sentence, detail sentences, and conclusion.
• 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
Describing Characters, Setting, and Events (RL.4.3)
Students learn to construct responses that describe characters, settings, or events. They find evidence in text, write a topic sentence, support with detail sentences, cite, and conclude.
Four classic stories, adapted from Just So Stories
*, by Rudyard Kipling, have been adapted for three reading levels: advanced, average, and low. Content differentiation allows you to reach all students in your class with every lesson.
• Notes to the teacher
• Poster with steps for describing a character, setting, or event
• PowerPoint for direct instruction
• Four sets of differentiated stories from * by Rudyard Kipling (“How the Camel Got His Hump,” “The Beginning of the Armadillo,” “The Elephant’s Child,” and “How the Leopard Got His Spots”)
• Student response sheets
• Generic description sheets
• Additional student reference sheets
Alluding to Greek Mythology (RL.4.4)
Discover forty words and phrases originating from characters in Greek myths. This bundle includes lesson plans, a word list, a PowerPoint presentation, posters, cards, games, and an assessment.
• How Did Greek Words Come into the English Language?
• Word list
• Allusions cards
• Allusions posters
• Allusions PowerPoint presentation
• Game cards
• I Have, Who Has game
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
Identifying Prose, Drama, and Poetry (RL.4.5)
Students learn structures of prose, drama, and poetry then identify each type of literature in text. You’ll have everything you need for direct instruction, guided practice, independent practice, and assessment.
• 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
Bonus Materials in Companion Website:
• Video explaining elements of poetry
• Video explaining elements of drama
• Video explaining elements of prose
Determining and Defending Point of View (RL.4.6)
This complete, differentiated unit provides point of view passages, activities, writing, and assessment. Kids learn to determine point of view, defend it with evidence from the text, and consider alternative perspectives. You can choose from two parallel files. Option 1 (multiple choice) asks students to choose between first and third person then mark up the text to provide evidence. For Option 2 (constructed response) requires kids write paragraphs to explain point of view. Both options include opportunities for writing from different perspectives.
• Teaching notes and handout for first, second, and third person pronouns
• Determining Point of View PowerPoint presentation
• Determining Point of View worksheets
• Differentiated one-page passages* - “Tree House” from Swiss Family Robinson
, “Alice and the Caterpillar” from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
, “Back to the Widow’s House” from The Adventures of Huckleberry Fin
, “The Sea Chest” from Treasure Island
, and “The Journey to Oz” from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
• Defending Point of View PowerPoint presentation
• Multiple choice response sheets
• Constructed response sheets (with and without guidance)
• Writing from a different point of view (five opportunities)
Comparing and Contrasting Folklore (RL.4.9)
Students identify characters, setting, plot, and theme; find similarities and differences in these elements; and write a paragraph to compare and contrast the stories.
• 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
• Two-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
Three literature assessments evaluate students’ skills and prepare them for standardized tests.
• 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”*
• 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’m committed to continual improvement. All units were updated and enhanced in July of 2017. Websites for each unit were completed in August of 2017.
*Stories are in the public domain.