Grade 4 ELA Module 3A, Unit 3

Students working at a computer.

In this unit students will use their research on simple machines to form an opinion and write an editorial. This editorial will state the student’s opinion on which simple machine he or she believes helps people the most. Students will read and analyze two editorials as mentor texts in order to study author’s craft, specifically how to identify opinions in writing and how authors use reasons with evidence to support their opinions. Students will then plan for their editorials by revisiting their notes in their Simple Machine science journals and the central text Simple Machines: Forces in Action by Buffy Silverman to develop reasons for their opinions and gather evidence to support these reasons. Students will then draft their editorials and revise their work based on a series of lessons in which students examine the characteristics of opinion writing.

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RI.4.4 Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant...
RI.4.8 Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.
W.4.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

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