Unit 1: Interpreting Characters
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Click on the Reader's Workshop button above to be to be taken to our page dedicated to Unit 1. This page is available ALL year long, as all reading skills are revisited multiple times a year. On the page you will find a description of the work students will be doing within this realistic fiction unit. The Tiger Rising is our whole group read aloud that goes along with the unit, and we dived into chapter 1 today!
Additionally, we ask that students try their best to read realistic fiction for their homework (they are reading realistic fiction in class during this unit, and the more practice they can get within the genre, the better). Also, reading aloud with your children is one of the BEST ways to support them during this unit. While reading aloud to them, model for them (out loud) the thinking you are doing if YOU were reading this book. The more we can model this thinking for students, the more they will naturally do this high level work on their own.
Writer's Workshop Unit 1 Overview:
Unit 1: The Arc of Story
Click on the Writer's Workshop button above to be to be taken to our page dedicated to Unit 1. This page is available ALL year long, as all writing genres/skills are revisited multiple times a year. In our fourth grade writer's workshop, each unit builds and incorporates skills from the previous unit, which allows all genres to be routinely practiced.
This week though, students are finishing up an 'expert' writing piece they started last week. We are using this fun writing piece to assess our students and see which skills they are coming to fourth grade with, and our hopes are that if they are allowed to write about their favorite topic, one they feel like they are an 'expert' in, they will produce for us their best writing. We all have been SO impressed to see what they have produced so far, and cannot wait to see their final pieces! Students will be publishing using a digital book creator and we hope to be able to share these with you all soon!
Unit 1 of Writer's Workshop will officially begin next Monday. This unit also perfectly compliments our first unit of Reader's Workshop; they may the perfect pair and truly support one another!