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4th Grade English Language Arts: Unit 2 of 4 of Fourth Grade ELA (Flex)

Unit 2 of 4th Grade ELA is the second part in a full curriculum of four units of fourth grade English Language Arts taught to the common core standards, covering literature, foundational skills, writing, speaking, and listening.
Beth Foster
283 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 3 learners
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Over 8 weeks
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No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
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Unit 2 of Fourth Grade English Language Arts uses world mythology, folklore, and fables to teach common core standards, covering literature, foundational skills, writing, speaking and listening. Students practice reading for fluency, comprehension and vocabulary. They will learn to look for the theme, describe characters and settings, draw inferences from the text, and compare the point of view of different characters. There is a strong focus on grammar, which includes prepositions, types of sentences, and identifying subjects, predicates, and direct objects. There are weekly spelling word lists for learners to practice and a spelling quiz. There are also weekly writing assignments with students practicing opinion writing, letter writing, poetry, dialogue, and using reference materials for research. 
I have bachelor’s degrees in English, journalism, and political science, and am currently a master’s student in American history. I was a newspaper editor and reporter for 15 years, director of a social justice center for three years, and have been teaching English Language Arts, English As a Second Language, and social studies for the past five years. I am currently co-director of the Foster Woods Folk School.
This flex class is for learners who just want to practice their English Language Arts Skills, as well as students who want to get a letter of competition. For learners who are just practicing skills, homework is optional but highly recommended. For those learners seeking a letter of completion, there is 4 hours of homework to be completed each week. Homework includes a weekly reading and writing assignment, as well as worksheets, online quizzes and other learning projects. 
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Reading assignments will be provided in a weekly reader PDF.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Weekly Evaluation Rubric 

Reading: 20 Points 
- 3-Minute Reading Aloud Recording 5 Points
- Comprehension Quiz 5 Points
- Classroom Discussion Question Participation 5 Points
- Vocabulary Quiz 5 Points 

Spelling: 15 Points
- Writing Each Word 3 Times 5 Points 
- Spelling Word Project 5 Points 
- Spelling Quiz 5 Points

Grammar: 15 Points
- Grammar Worksheet 5 Points
- Grammar Project 5 Points
- Grammar Quiz 5 Points

Classroom Journal: 10 Points

Writing Assignment: 40 Points 
No live meetings, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
As we study literature, in particular the traditional fables and folktales, students will engage with stories from different cultures, religions, and times. Some of these stories may contain depictions of violence. All subjects and topics will be covered in a manner that is as age-appropriate as possible, but some learners may be especially sensitive to these topics. 
Reading assignments will be provided in a weekly reader PDF that contains traditional stories that I have adapted and re-written for a fourth grade audience. Sources from which I took the original stories include "Arabic Folktales: The Three Princes of Serendip and Other Stories" by Rodaan Al Galidi, "Tales of Fearless Girls: Forgotten Stories from Around the World" by Isabel Otter and Anna Sender," "Gamayun Tales 1: An anthology of Russian Folk Tales" by Alexander Utkin, "Celtic Fairy Tales: 20 classic stories including The Black Cat, Lutey and the Mermaid, and The Fiddler in the Cave" by Neil Philip and Isabelle Brent, "Ancient and Epic Tales: From Around the World" by Heather Forest, "The Night Marchers and Other Oceanian Tales" "Grimm's Fairy Tales," "Wisdom Tales from Around the World" by Heather Forest, "The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales" by Virginia Hamilton, and many others.


Beth Foster
Lives in the United States
The Foster Woods Folk School, Teaching the Humanities Within an EcoSocial Justice Framework
283 total reviews
224 completed classes

About Me

From ancient times, humans have used stories to better understand themselves and their place in the universe. Stories explain our past and how we can create a better time and world for ourselves and those who will come after us. This is the heart... 
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