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Isaac School District No.5 ELAS Thematic Unit Overview Grade 4 – Unit 2 2012-2013 Unit 2: Literature Settings: Weather or NotDURATION: Six WeeksThis unit encourages the exploration of geography as it relates to seasons and weather, and students discover how these settings arerepresented in and affect changes in literature.Students read contrasting styles of poems about weather, including Carl Sandburg’s “Fog” and Robert Frost’s “Dust of Snow,” anddiscuss how poetic techniques affect the interpretation of poems. Then students read informational texts, such as “Kenya’s Long DrySeason” by Nellie Gonzalez Cutler, and apply the information learned to their appreciation of the setting of Safari Journal by HudsonTalbott. Students learn about geography and weather through a variety of informational texts. Class discussions will focus on the back-and-forth relationship between information gleaned from the informational texts and the insights they develop from literature.Essential Questions: Vocabulary:How does the authors use of setting affect the contextplot of a story? explicit information inferenceHow does the author’s use of specific poetic poetic devices: rhyme scheme, meter, simile, metaphordevices affect our interpretation of poems? poetic terms: stanza, lines, verse predictionEssential Learning: settingAll stories occur in at least one place and at onetime.The setting of a story may influence its outcome. Distributed Resources Aligned to Unit 2:Owen and Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship (Hatkoff) A Prairie Alphabet (Bannatyne-Cugnet)Time of Wonder (McCloskey) Strawberry Girl (Lenski)Can It Rain Cats and Dogs? Questions About Weather (Berger) On the Banks of Plum Creek (Wilder)Underlined vocabulary indicates a Tier II word. 1
Underlined vocabulary indicates a Tier II word. 2