Unit 1, Aug. 18 – Sep. 5:                Introduction

  • Class requirements and expectations
  • What is reading?  Why read?
  • What is writing?  Why write?
  • Set up and personalize journals
  • Summer reading projects

Unit 2, Sep. 8 – Oct. 10:                 Power of Words

  • Genre focus:  Realistic fiction
  • Frindle by Andrew Clements
  • Literary elements review
  • Writing focus:  Personal narrative
  • Alphabetization and dictionary skills

Unit 3, Oct. 13 – Nov. 7:                 Playing with Words

  • Genre focus:  Poetry, Spooky stories
  • Author:  Edgar Allan Poe
  • Word choice, Figurative language
  • Writing focus: Descriptive, Poetry

Unit 4, Nov. 10 – Jan. 9:                Fairy Tales, Old and New

  • Genre focus:  Traditional literature, Fantasy
  • Story structure, Plot, Conflict, Theme
  • Writing focus:  Narrative

Unit 5, Jan. 12 – Feb. 20:              Florida Then and Now

  • Genre study:  Regional fiction
  • Novel:  Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski
  • Literary element:  Setting
  • Writing focus:  Informational, beginning research
  • Florida animal research

Unit 6, Feb. 23 – Apr. 17:               Tough Choices

  • Genre study:  Historical fiction
  • Novel:  Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  • Literary element:  Character
  • Writing focus:  Informational, Persuasive
  • Fourth Grade Writing Test preparation

April 13 – 17:                                                ITBS Week 

Wednesday, April 22:                           Fourth Grade Writing Test

Apr. 27 – June 4:                                        To Be Determined based on year-end show

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