Language Arts

This is a three week blended poetry unit for fourth grade.  Students will be exposed to a wide range of poetry styles through hard copy and online resources.  Students will discuss and understand poetry vocabulary.  By adding online resources, students will have a much wider range of resources for a more thorough understanding.  

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Students present and receive feedback about their Genius Hour plans using a gallery walk-style approach.

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Introducing students to online reading, annotating, content curation, communication tools

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This assignment has students complete a timed writing assignment on a topic they were not previously given. It includes a brainstorming question, background reading, a rubric for grading and finally the writing prompt. Student's are able to self-review the writing as well as have peers and teacher's review the writing through a google add on app called Orange Slices. 

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Students will collaborate with partners to develop body paragraphs of an argumentative essay based on informational texts read in class.

The pairs’ paragraphs will be combined to create the body paragraphs of an essay. Students will then work on sequencing the paragraphs, adding transitions, and providing intro/conclusion paragraphs. 

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Students will learn how to use Accountable Talk sentence starters orally, and then how to put them into their writing by responding to classmates blog posts.

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This is a two part lesson done on Screencastify and an assignment on Google slides both of which are easy to share with students through Google classroom. Students are writing an introduction to an opinion essay using three parts a hook, topic sentence and thesis statement. 

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Constructing an annotated bibliography from research and using research topics as discussion starters.

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Using Google Docs as a discussion platform for peer review of written work. 

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