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					                                                              Fourth Grade ELA Pacing Guide
                                                                Unit #2: Comparative Essay

READING


      TIMING                  GENRE             COMPREHENSION SKILLS, STRATEGIES, TEXT CHARACTERISTICS, AND USING LANGUAGE



      2 Weeks           Comparative Essay       *This genre does not have benchmarks or Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCEs) presented in a unit
                                                format for reading. Please look to the writing section of this unit for possible benchmark or Grade Level
                                                Content Expectation (GLCE) integration.

                                                Feel free to use this template to develop this portion of the unit.




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                                                               Fourth Grade ELA Pacing Guide
                                                                 Unit #2: Comparative Essay
                                                                                                                      Benchmarks = Bullets 
WRITING                                                                                                               Grade Level Content Expectations = Bold


     TIMING                 GENRE                              WRITTEN FEATURES, WRITING PROCESS, AND USING LANGUAGE
                                                                                        INFORMATIONAL TEXT

     2 Weeks          Comparative Essay      Text Characteristics

                                                Focus writing by identifying audience, point of view, and format based on purpose. (I.2.LE.1)
                                                  Write an informational comparative piece that demonstrates understanding of central and supporting
                                                    ideas using an effective organizational pattern (compare/contrast) and informational text features.
                                                    (W.GN.04.03)
                                                  Be enthusiastic about writing and learning to write. (W.AT.04.01)

                                                Write expository text, organizing content with common text patterns. (I.2.LE.2)
                                                  Set a purpose, consider audience, and replicate authors’ styles and patterns when writing
                                                    informational text. (W.PR.04.01)
                                                  Exhibit individual style and voice to enhance the written message in informational writing
                                                     precision,
                                                     established importance, and
                                                     transitions. (W.PS.04.01)

                                                Employ multiple strategies to construct meaning while reading, listening to, viewing, or creating texts. Examples
                                                 include summarizing, predicting, generating questions, mapping, examining picture cues, analyzing word
                                                 structure and sentence structure, discussing with peers, and using context and text structure. (I.3.LE.5)
                                                  Engage in interactive, extended discourse to socially construct meaning in
                                                      book clubs,
                                                      literature circles,
                                                      partnerships, or
                                                      other conversation protocols. (S.DS.04.01)


                                             Writing Process

                                                Generate, draft, revise, edit, and publish different forms of written expression. (I.2.LE.3)
                                                  Apply a variety of pre-writing strategies for informational writing (Venn diagrams) in order to
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     TIMING                 GENRE                             WRITTEN FEATURES, WRITING PROCESS, AND USING LANGUAGE
                                                     structure ideas. (W.PR.04.02)
                                                    Draft focused ideas using a variety of drafting techniques composing coherent and mechanically
                                                     sound paragraphs when writing compositions. (W.PR.04.03)
                                                    Revise drafts based on constructive and specific oral and written responses to writing by identifying
                                                     sections of the piece to improve sequence and flow of ideas
                                                      arranging paragraphs and/or sequence,
                                                      connecting main and supporting ideas, and
                                                      using transitions. (W.PR.04.04)

                                                Spell words in context using multiple strategies and resources. (I.2.LE.4)
                                                  Proofread and edit writing using appropriate resources (e.g., dictionary, spell check, grammar check,
                                                    grammar references, writing references) and grade-level checklists both individually and in groups.
                                                    (W.PR.04.05)

                                                 Employ a wide range of strategies while writing. (V.7.LE.4)


                                             Using Language

                                                Identify and use mechanics that enhance and clarify understanding. (VI.8.LE.1)
                                                  In the context of writing, correctly use
                                                      simple and compound sentences;
                                                      direct and indirect objects;
                                                      prepositional phrases;
                                                      adjectives;
                                                      common and proper nouns as subjects and objects;
                                                      pronouns as antecedents;
                                                      regular and irregular verbs;
                                                      hyphens between syllables;
                                                      apostrophes in contractions;
                                                      and comas in salutations to set off words;
                                                      phrases and dialogue; and
                                                      quotation marks or italics to identify titles or names. (W.GR.04.01)




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