Our first reading unit will be approximately 6 weeks long and will cover realistic fiction.
In Fourth Grade, we follow a modified version of the Lucy Caulkins / Teacher’s College program called “Readers Workshop”.
Our first unit of reading is entitled “Interpreting Characters: The Heart of the Story”. The unit is based on deeply understanding characters and themes in fiction texts. Students will be working on four skills through this unit;
- Describing characters using character traits
- Explaining how characters change throughout a text
- Explaining how part of the story is important to the whole text
- Determining a theme for the story
For all four skills, students will need to be able to justify their answers by citing information and details from the story. For example “I know that Jane is a kind and caring person because in the story……”
Below you can find the questions stems the students will be asked to answer for the pre and post-assessments, along with guidelines that will help your child answer the questions fully.
You can use these question stems at home to ask your child about their nightly reading. In this way, they will have practice with the four skills of our unit.
When describing a character, remember to:
|2. How did _________ change from the beginning to the end of the story and why?
When discussing character change, remember to:
|3. Reread lines/pages ( __ to ___). How is this part of the story important to the whole story?
When writing about how one part fits with the whole story, remember to:
|4. Write about a theme (or life lesson) that this story develops. Use details from the story to support your answer.
When writing about themes, remember to:
Attached below is a copy of the student rubric for this unit. We will use this rubric to grade the assessments.
Reading Rubric Unit One