Literacy Unit 3

Practice, practice, practice!

Prose, Drama, Poetry

This standard requires students to understand and explain the different literary elements that make up the specific type of writing. We looked at many different examples of writing and made anchor charts identifying the different elements.

Text Structures

The next standard we worked on in unit 3 was about text structures. Students should be able to describe the overall structure of events, ideas, concepts, and information in a text.

4 types of structures we study in 4th grade:

  • Chronological Order
  • Compare and Contrast
  • Cause and Effect
  • Problem and Solution

Text Structures Part 1
Text Structures Part 2

Visual, Oral, and Quantitative Information

For this standard students should be able to explain how information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively contributes to an understanding of the text in which is appears.

We compared and contrasted visual and oral representations of the same information. In class we read "The Polar Express" and then watched video clips to compare how the information was given to the audience. We also looked at directions for an experiment and then watched video directions online. We had many great discussions in class about how different information can be presented differently and how videos and other visuals can convey meaning along with the text.

A big part of this standard is also being able reading quantitative data such as:


  • Diagrams
  • Charts
  • Tables
  • Timelines
  • Timetables
Below is a website full of worksheets for reading quantitative information.

Reading Informational Text

In this standard students should be able to explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text.

The students have notes about the 3 types of texts in their interactive literacy notebooks.

Students need to be using evidence-based terms to provide evidence for reasoning when referring back to the text.

We have covered all the standards in unit 3 before winter break. When we come back from break we will review for a week and then take the district mid-year assessment.