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unit 1
8 hours

Reading to Learn about Poetry


In this unit, students read the first half of the novel Love That Dog by Sharon Creech, as well as poems by authors such as William Carlos Williams, Robert Frost, and Valerie Worth, to help them begin to answer one of the guiding questions: “What makes a poem a poem?” Students follow the main character, Jack, as he learns about and begins to experiment with writing his own poetry. Students read each poem that Jack reads, along with Jack’s personal reflections on the poems. They work in small groups to capture notes that help them describe how Jack’s understanding of poetry develops over time as well as characteristics of poetry related to structure and word choice.


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Bilingual Language Progressions

These resources, developed by the New York State Education Department, provide standard-level scaffolding suggestions for English Language Learners (ELLs) to help them meet grade-level demands. Each resource contains scaffolds at multiple levels of language acquisition and describes the linguistic demands of the standards to help ELA teachers as well as ESL/bilingual teachers scaffold content for their English learning students.


From of the New York State Education Department. Grade 4 ELA Module 1B, Unit 1. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29. Newer versions may exist from Expeditionary Learning.
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