Grade 4 ELA Module 2A, Unit 3


In Unit 3, students continue building their research skills as they deepen their knowledge about colonial life, specifically the roles of various craftspeople in colonial settlements. Students synthesize information from varied sources they used as they researched Colonial America in Units 1 and 2 to create a historically accurate research-based narrative from a prompt (see Performance Task). They begin the unit by creating a character profile of a tradesman who might have lived during Colonial America. They then work as a class to write a practice narrative about the wheelwright. The latter part of the unit involves students writing multiple drafts, focusing on historically accurate information, a strong narrative arc, and effective use of dialogue. Students refer to their vocabulary notebook for a bank of words they gathered during Units 1 and 2. As they draft and revise, students work with the teacher to co-construct a rubric on which their work will be evaluated. They also participate in several structured peer critiques as they work toward a final polished narrative. (As an optional extension, the class could then compile the final draft narratives into a single class publication that documents life in colonial times and how the people relied on each other for survival.)

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
W.4.2.b Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and...
W.4.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique,...
W.4.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to...

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