Opinion: Literary Analysis Unit Introduction

Julia Alvarez's How Tia Lola Came to Stay is the mentor text used in an expository writing unit that teaches fourth graders how to write critically and thoughtfully about text.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Coordinate the year-long program with other fourth grade teachers
  • Save copies of student work for subsequent years
Classroom Considerations
  • The unit is one of a series of sequenced units in a year-long writing program
  • Because each unit builds on the routines established in previous ones, they should be taught in order
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Pros
  • The 48-page packet includes scripted plans, exercises, activities, worksheets, graphic organizers, sample writings, and writing checklists
  • Exercises reinforce routines introduced in previous units
Cons
  • None