4th Grade English Language Arts

Students explore people form identities, values, and beliefs, how conflict and courageous individuals can create change, and natural disasters and energy.

Course Summary

Our complete 4th grade English Language Arts curriculum is made up of three main components: Literature units, Science and Social Studies units, and independent reading. Together, these three components build students' knowledge and understanding of the world, and support student mastery of all literature, informational, writing, speaking and listening, language, and foundational skills standards. To learn more, see the Pacing Guide for this course.


In 4th grade Literature, students explore how people form identities, values, and beliefs, and how those beliefs influence a person’s behavior. Students explore big topics such as what it means to have good fortune, when an individual should take a stand against injustice, how relationships with others can transform who we are, why it is always important to believe in yourself, and how family motivates and shapes who we become. It is our hope that through deep analysis and discussion of these themes, students will realize that their identity, values, and beliefs are constantly evolving. 

Science and Social Studies

In 4th grade Social Studies, students to think about how conflict and courageous individuals can create change, what it means to stand up for what you believe, and how the centuries-long struggles for freedom and equal rights has helped make the American promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness a reality for all Americans. It is our hope that these units will inspire and motivate students to fight for the change they wish to see in the world, no matter what obstacles may stand in the way. In Science, students learn more about the world around them, including natural disasters and energy. 

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Literature Units

Science and Social Studies Units

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