Grade 4 ELA Module 4, Unit 2

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In Unit 2, students read The Hope Chest by Karen Schwabach. This novel is a piece of historical fiction set in 1920 during the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women in the United States the right to vote. This unit builds off the background knowledge students built in Unit 1 about Susan B. Anthony and the beginning of the suffrage movement. In reading this novel, students will continue to explore this topic and the theme “making a difference” through an analysis of the characters and events in the novel. Students will work on summarizing and analysis of characters in the first half of the unit, and analysis of a central theme in the second half of the unit. They will use a series of chapter-by-chapter reading guides that include historical background information, a glossary of both domain-specific and academic vocabulary, and lists of complex figurative language (idioms and adages) related to this historical time period. Throughout the unit, students will demonstrate their ability to analyze the novel and its characters through writing a series of scaffolded and on-demand essays, ending with an on-demand essay that requires them to analyze how a particular character contributes to the central theme of the novel, “making a difference.”

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Common Core Learning Standards

CCLS State Standard
RL.4.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when...
RL.4.2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
RL.4.3 Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details...

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