Having completed this unit, students will have worked to achieve many of the Connecticut's Common Core of Learning Program Goals for Language Arts. For purposes of this unit, I will focus on a few of the most pertinent of the standards that are addressed but will also reference the other standards that may be addressed in completing this unit with your students.
Common Core Standards – Literacy/Reading
CCSS ELA – RL. 4.1 – Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and drawing inferences from the text.
Students will need to look closely at the details in the images and text in order to draw inferences from the text. With the use of picture books, students will be required to build their inference skills in order to support and make sense of what they see happening in a story.
Common Core Standards – Literacy/Writing
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3 - Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
Students will be required to write narratives from the picture books they are reading. This will entail close inspection of details and sequence of events.
Common Core Standards – Literacy/Speaking and Listening
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.1 - Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on
grade 4 topics and texts
, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Students will be working with partners as well as in small groups and whole group setting. This will require that students work on their skills of speaking and listening in order to collaborate effectively with their peers.
The following Common Core Standards may also be addressed in this unit:
Literacy/Reading, RL 3.2 and 4.3
Literacy/Writing, W. 4.3a-4.3e
Literacy/Speaking and Listening, L.4.3, L4.3a