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 Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. It's about a mischievous dog that befriends a lonely young girl in a new town and helps her make new friends. You will be learning a great deal about Greek Mythology also. You will read ten different Greek myths and compare and contrast the theme throughout each story. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to take part in a reader's theater production of a Greek play.
We will be reading another story by Kate DiCamillo titled The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. We will compare and contrast novels from the same author with this story. Edward Tulane, an elegant bunny made mostly of china, believes himself to be a fine specimen. 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.
Midway through the year, we will read the classic novel called 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. We will investigate the themes that are intertwined in our novels this year also.
Finally, we will end the year with the book Shiloh by Joel Goldsmith. Marty Preston wants to keep a beagle dog that followed him home. He even names him Shiloh. Unfortunately, his father insists the pup be returned to its rightful owner, hunter Judd Travers, even though Judd abuses the dog. After Shiloh is abused again, he turns to Marty who then hides him away in a backyard shed. But when a stray dog attacks and badly hurts Shiloh, Marty needs to turn to his father for help. We will go into depth discussing the themes of this compassionate story.
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,