Grade 4 ELA Module 2A, Unit 3, Lesson 1

Preparing to Write Historical Fiction: Determining Characteristics of the Genre

This lesson begins with an activity in which students deduce how to title the Elements of Fiction chart. Therefore, begin just with a blank piece of chart paper, rather than having the title already written out. Throughout this unit, students read a series of mentor texts. Mentor texts are model texts written by real authors that students examine in order to see strong examples of writing craft. In this unit, students analyze various examples of historical fiction. For more information on the use of mentor texts, read Study Driven by Katie Wood Ray.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RI.4.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when...
W.4.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique,...
W.4.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

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