4th Grade ELA Course Summary
In 4th Grade English Language Arts, students explore how people’s identities, values, and beliefs can shape their lives, and how courageous individuals can create change by standing up for what they believe. Students build their social-emotional skills in Finding Fortune and Believing in Yourself, explore the history of the United States in Heart and Soul and Examining Our History, learn about natural disasters in Preparing for the Worst, and see how the Greeks used mythology to understand the world in Interpreting Perspectives. In each unit, students engage in process-based writing projects connected to the core texts that develop their narrative, informational, and opinion writing skills.
Using authentic, engaging texts, teachers help students develop their language comprehension and address grade-level reading, writing, language, and speaking and listening standards. Over the course of 4th Grade ELA, students deepen their understanding of the world around them through thematically-aligned, knowledge-building units, embedded daily writing instruction, and frequent opportunities for in-class discussion.
Please Note: In July 2023, we adjusted the presentation of our 4th Grade ELA sequence. We have selected six units to comprise a recommended scope and sequence that balances literature and informational texts across a variety of genres. Teaching the units in this order ensures that the students engage with grade-level reading, writing, language, and speaking and listening standards in a coherent sequence that builds appropriately over the course of the school year. If you would like to continue using the parallel sequence of literature and science & social studies units, you can reference this guide to the former sequence.