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lesson 4
1 hour

Discussing a Literary Text and a Closer Look at Words


Literary discussions provide students the opportunity to collectively understand and build on each other’s ideas about a text. These talks provide a window on students’ thinking that can help teachers figure out what students really know and what their misconceptions may be.

The Mid-Unit 2 Assessment is in the next lesson; you might wish to collect students’ Divided Loyalties: Reader’s Guides during this lesson and use pages 7–9 and the Literary Discussion Criteria checklist to assess individual students’ progress toward SL.4.1 and record feedback in the appropriate spot on students’ note-catchers.


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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 Module 3B, Unit 2, Lesson 4. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29. Newer versions may exist from Expeditionary Learning.
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