Finding Fortune: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

By reading and discussing Grace Lin's novel Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, students explore what it means to have good fortune and how families shape a person’s identity, values, and beliefs.

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ELA

Unit 2

4th Grade

Unit Summary


In Grade 4 Fiction, students grapple with the overarching question of how a person develops values, identities, and beliefs. In this unit students dig deeply into how families shape a person’s identity, values, and beliefs and how relationships with others can change a person’s identity. Students will also explore what it means to have good fortune and how a person’s view on fortune varies depending on his/her values and beliefs. It is our hope that this unit, in connection with other units from the entire year-long sequence, will help build a deeper understanding of how we become who we are and the positive and negative factors that influence us along the way. 

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon was chosen as an engaging text to help build excitement at the beginning of the year, while simultaneously allowing for deep discussions about character, setting, vocabulary, and the larger theme of identity. Over the course of the novel, the author, Grace Lin, includes lots of detail and description to reveal information about characters and how they change based on experiences and relationships. Students will be challenged to notice the details that Grace Lin includes and analyze how the details build to support a deeper, more nuanced understanding of characters. Grace Lin also includes lots of powerful vocabulary and figurative language as a way of helping readers visualize exactly what is happening in the story. Students will be challenged to figure out the meaning of unknown words and figurative language and analyze why the author made particular word choices. In this unit students will also begin to use summarization as a strategy to track the plot of a longer text.

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Texts and Materials


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Core Materials

Assessment


These assessments accompany this unit to help gauge student understanding of key unit content and skills.

Additional progress monitoring suggestions are included throughout the unit. Essential Tasks can be found in the following lessons:

Unit Prep


Intellectual Prep

Unit Launch

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Essential Questions

  • How are people transformed through their relationships with others?
  • What does it mean to have good fortune?

Vocabulary

Text-based

absentminded affectionate agitated appalled ashamed astonished attain awed bitterness brutal cherished contentment content delightful despair destined deceive discontent dire discomfort eagerly engross enviously enraged enthralled envy expectantly fatigue forbidding fruitless gaped grueling guardian hesitate humble impractical impulsive inquiry inexplicable intent joyous malicious misfortune obedient outraged outwit peculiar protest reluctant resentment reveal resentfully sacrifice scrutinizing scold stubborn taunted tormented tragedy urge vaguely viciousness weariness winced worthless

Root/Affix

-ful -less -ness dis- im- in- mis- un-

To see all the vocabulary for Unit 2, view our 4th Grade Vocabulary Glossary.

Supporting All Students

In order to ensure that all students are able to access the texts and tasks in this unit, it is incredibly important to intellectually prepare to teach the unit prior to launching the unit. Use the intellectual preparation protocol and the Unit Launch to determine which support students will need. To learn more, visit the Supporting all Students teacher tool.

Lesson Map


Common Core Standards


Core Standards

L.4.1
L.4.1.a
L.4.1.f
L.4.1.g
L.4.2
L.4.2.b
L.4.2.c
L.4.3
RL.4.2
RL.4.3
RL.4.4
SL.4.1
SL.4.1.c
SL.4.2
W.4.1
W.4.1.a
W.4.1.b
W.4.3
W.4.3.a
W.4.3.b
W.4.3.d

Supporting Standards

L.4.1.c
L.4.2.a
L.4.4
L.4.4.b
L.4.5
L.4.6
RF.4.3
RF.4.4
RL.4.1
RL.4.10
W.4.4
W.4.5
W.4.6
W.4.9.a
W.4.10
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