Grade 4 ELA Module 2A, Unit 2

CASE STUDY: CONDUCTING RESEARCH ON COLONIAL AMERICANS

In the second unit, students further develop their ability to comprehend informational text by hearing and reading a variety of nonfiction sources about roles people played in a colonial settlement (e.g., blacksmith, wheelwright, printer, and cooper) and how necessary their interdependence was for survival. To build students’ background knowledge, the class will work together to study the wheelwright, a colonial trade. They will then work in research Expert Groups as they become experts in one specific colonial trade. Students will select from: shoemaker, cooper, blacksmith, builder/carpenter, or printer.

Students will study a variety of informational texts and also will learn the importance of citing sources by keeping a list of the key sources they used during their research. With an emphasis on making inferences, summarizing informational text, and basic research (note-taking, pulling together information from a variety of texts, and sorting information into research categories), students synthesize information from multiple sources. This research will serve as the foundation for their culminating performance task (in Unit 3).

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RI.4.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when...
RI.4.2 Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the...
RI.4.4 Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant...

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