Welcome to 4th Grade!! I am so looking forward to a spectacular year with you. I cannot wait to get to know you and your parents this year. We will be reading all kinds of novels that I think you will enjoy. The novel that we will kick the year off with is called The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo. Edward Tulane, an elegant bunny made mostly of china, believes himself to be a fine speciman. Despite the fact that his owner, a little girl named Abilene, loves him desperately, he cares for no one but himself. Only after Edward is thrown from a ship into the ocean — then rediscovered by a series of different owners — does he understand the real meaning of love We will also distinguish whose point of view the story is told from and discuss the writing trait of "voice" in this touching story.
You will be learning a great deal about Greek Mythology this year as well. You will read ten different Greek myths and compare and contrast the theme throughout each story. This unit has always been a personal favorite with all of the classes that I have taught in the past.
You will have the opportunity to read the novel titled Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, who is one of today's finest writers. The story is a autobiography written of Woodson's childhood through poetry and verse. She shares what it was like to grow up in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. The touching novel is an account of Woodson finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child.
Our last novel we will read is the classic Charlotte's Web by E.W. White. Young Fern Arable stops her father from killing a pig named Wilbur, the runt of his litter. When Wilbur grows up, he's sent to live on the Zuckerman farm, where he spends his days eating and sleeping to fight off loneliness. Eventually, he meets Charlotte, a gray spider, who comes to the rescue and hatches a plan to save Wilbur's life. You will have the opportunity to research a type of farm and share your knowledge with your classmates. We will investigate the themes that are intertwined in our novels this year also.
We will be doing quite a bit of writing this year. I hope you are looking forward to becoming poets, editors, researchers, journalists, and creative writers (perhaps even novelists)!! As we explore different genres of writing, we will discuss the writing process and the importance of conventions and editing.
I ask that you do your personal best each day. I promise that I will do the same as well!
We will also focus on your writing this year. You will become poets,