ELA Reading

Current Focus:

Reading Skills: Point of View


1.  Address - an official speech

2.  Divided-  split into parts or pieces

3.  Haste- hurry; quickness in movement

4.  Opposed - to have been against

5.  Perish- to be destroyed

6.  Proclamation -  an official public announcement

7.  Shattered - broke into pieces

8.  Tension - a feeling of pressure caused by too much emotional strain or worry

We will also be focusing on context clues and multiple meaning words.

Please encourage your child to use our robust vocabulary words throughout the year in their everyday vocabulary as well as in their writing.




Grade 4 Common Core Standards

Reading: Foundational Skills

Phonics and Word recognition


Reading : Literature

Key Ideas and Details

Craft and structure

Integration of knowledge and Ideas

Range of Reading o\and Level of Text Complexity

Reading: Informational Text

Key Ideas and Detail

Craft and Structure

Integration of Knowledge of Ideas

Range of Reading and Level of Text of Complexity


Know and apply grade level phonics and word analysis skill in decoding words.


Use combined knowledge of all letter sound correspondences, to read accurately unfamiliar multisyllabic words in context ad out of context.


Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.


Read grade level text with purpose and understanding.


Use context to confirm or self- correct word recognition and understanding , rereading as necessary.


Refer to details and examples in a text and make relevant connections when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences.


Determine the key details to identify theme in a story , drama or poem from details in the text and summarize the text


Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in literature.


Explain major difference between poems , drama, and prose and refer to the structural elements when writing or speaking about text.


Compare or Contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first and third person narration.


Make connections between specific descriptions and directions in a text and a visual or oral representation of the text.


Compare, contrast and reflect on (e.g. practical knowledge, historical/cultural context, and background knowledge) stories in the same genre (e.g. mysteries and adventure stories) on their approaches to similar themes and topics.


By the end of the year read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas and poems.




Refer to details and examples in a text and make relevant connections when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences.


Determine the main idea and explain how it is supported by key details, summarize the text.


Explain events, procedure, ideas, or concept based on specific information in the text.


Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases


Describe the overall structure of events, ideas , concepts or information in a text or part of text.


Compare and Contrast a firsthand and secondhand account of the same event or topic; describe the differences in focus and the information provided.


Interpret information presented visually , orally or quantitatively and explain how the information contribute an understanding of the text in which it appears.


Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.


Integrate information from two texts on the texts on the same topic in order to write speak about the subject

Reading Response Menu


Choice 1- Make Music

Write a poem, song, or rap to describe a character, the setting, the problem, the plot, the solution, or the theme of the story.


Choice 2-Summarize

As you read, write a 2-3 sentence summary of each paragraph or chapter.


Choice 3-Visualize

Draw a picture of something amazing that the author described. Show how you picture that scene in your mind. Write a short description of the scene.


Choice 4-Text-to-Self Connection

Write a paragraph of how something or someone in the book relates to you and your life.


Choice 5- Prediction

Write a few sentences about a prediction of what you think will happen in the next story. Don’t forget to use the word because to explain the reasoning behind your predictions. (Only predict in books you have not read.)


Choice 6- Question

Write five questions you have about the reading. Try to answer the questions as you read. Or, pretend you are a teacher. Write and answer five questions you think a teacher should ask.

Choice 7- I Prompts (Choose three to answer)

I noticed I didn’t like I wasn’t sure

I discovered I would change I was scared

I was surprised I would add I thought it was funny

I could understand I wish I was excited

I couldn’t understand I would prefer I thought it was unusual

I agree I expected I thought it was interesting

I disagree I didn’t expect I predict(next chapter)

I felt I remembered

I enjoyed I had forgotten

I liked I couldn’t believe


Choice 8- Author

Complete a journal entry about the author. You can do research to learn about them. You can also answer one or more of the following questions in paragraph form:

Why do you think the author wrote this book?

What is the author trying to tell us?

What did the author have to know in order to write this book?

What did the author do to hook the reader in the beginning of the book?

What would you ask the author if he/she were here? Why?

Choice 9- Characters

Complete a journal entry about the main characters. Choose one of the following:

Write a one to two sentence description of each character.

Do the characters seem alive or believable? Which ones? Why?

Do any characters change throughout the story? What helps them change?

Are any characters like others you have “met” in other books or in real life? Which ones? Why?

Choice 10- Plot

Complete a journal entry about what happened in the story.

Sequence events in the story.

Were you able to predict the ending? How? Why or why not?

What was the most important part of the story? Why?

What other ways might the story have ended?

What is the main idea of the story? What was the author’s message?

Choice 11- Setting

Answer all of the questions about the setting of the story in paragraph form.

Where and when does the story take place? How do you know?

Do you know a place like the one in the book? Where is it? Describe it.


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