Unit 1

Working Together


Grade 4


Unit Length and Description:


25 Instructional Days


It is important to work with family, friends, and others to be successful in our lives and careers. Students learn how hard work makes a difference in your life and career. Students will learn how people persevere and work with others to form lasting friendships that help them to survive tough times in their lives.


Target Standards:


Reading Literature:

RL.4.2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.

RL.4.3 Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a characters’ thoughts, words, or actions).

RL.4.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.

RL.4.7 Make connections between the text of a story or drama and a visual or oral presentation of the text.


W.4.1a-d Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information. (see standards for more information on this standard)

a.   Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which related ideas are grouped to support the writer’s purpose.

b.   Provide reasons that are supported by facts and details.

c.    Link opinions and reasons using words and phrases (e.g., for instance, in order to, in addition).

d.   Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented.

W.4.2a-e Write informative/explanatory tests to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly. (Literary Analysis) (see standards for more information on this standard)

a.   Introduce a topic clearly and group related information in paragraphs and sections; include formatting (e.g. headings), illustrations and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.

b.   Develop the topics with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.

c.    Link ideas within categories of information using words and phrases (e.g. another, for example, also, because).

d.   Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.

e.   Provide a concluding statement or section related to the information or explanation presented.

W.4.9 Draw relevant evidence from grade-appropriate literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

a.   Apply grade 4 Reading standards to literature (e.g. “Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text [e.g. a characters’ thoughts, words, or actions].”).

b.   Apply grade 4 Reading standards to informational texts (e.g. “Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text”).


L.4.3a Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.

a. Choose words and phrases to convey ideas precisely.

L.4.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

a.   Explain the meaning of simple similes and metaphors in context.

b.   Recognize and explain the meaning of common idioms, adages, and proverbs.

c.    Demonstrate understanding of words by relating them to their opposites (antonyms) and to words with similar but not identical meanings (synonyms).

Speaking and Listening:

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.

a. Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion.

b. Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and carry out assigned roles.

c. Pose and respond to specific questions to clarify or follow up on information, and make comments that contribute to the discussion and link to the remarks of others.

d. Review the key ideas expressed and explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion.

SL.4.2 Paraphrase portions of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.


The following standards are embedded in all units:

RL. /RI.4.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

RL.4.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, in the grades 4–5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

RI.4.10 By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4–5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

RF.4.4 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

W.4.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

W.4.5 With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.

W.4.6 With some guidance and support from adults, produce and publish grade-appropriate writing using technology, either independently or in collaboration with others.

W.4.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

L.4.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 4 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

a. Use context (e.g., definitions, examples, or restatements in text) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.

b. Use common, grade-appropriate Greek and Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., telegraph, photograph, autograph).

c. Consult reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation and determine or clarify the precise meaning of key words and phrases.

L.4.6 Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal precise actions, emotions, or states of being (e.g., quizzed, whined, stammered) and that are basic to a particular topic (e.g., wildlife, conservation, and endangered when discussing animal preservation).


Enduring Understandings:


·         Learning to work with others can lead to success in your life and in your career.

·         Strong friendships and relationships are an essential part of a successful life.


Essential Questions:


·         Why is it important to learn to work with others?

·         What are the benefits of having strong friendships and relationships?

·         How can hard work and perseverance help me in my life?