Gr 4: Animal Fantasy Reading Unit of Study

Draft, Oct., 2009
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How do good readers learn life lessons through reading?
How do good readers continue to grow?


Students will begin to understand and appreciate that . . .

  • Learn life lessons by living vicariously through their characters
  • Get ideas about what kind of person one wants to be through “experiencing” a great variety of different characters’ lives, challenges, etc.
  • Wide reading deepens their understanding and knowledge of life
  • Are always thinking of, growing, and revising original ideas when reading
  • Monitor their understanding when meaning breaks down.
  • Have ways to deal with meaning breaking down.


Students will show independent ability to . . .

  • Identify the theme and/or author’s purpose of a book they’re reading
  • Get to know their characters by making inferences regarding character traits, motives, and the consequences of their actions
  • Imagine themselves in the situation of the characters
  • Identify obstacles or challenges their characters face
  • Track character development, noticing how the characters change over time
  • Envision their characters’, their experiences and the setting
• Identify setting, plot, characters, theme, and author’s craft with guidance
• Read aloud showing comprehension by using appropriate expression, pacing, and intonation
• Self-select, read, and complete a variety of books at an independent reading level
• Elaborate and revise their theories through further reading and on-going discussions


Students will know . . .

  • Knows that animal characters reflect human characters
  • Know the common themes found in fiction
  • Knows different genre classifications
  • Knows the characteristics of animal fantasy
  • Vocabulary: setting, plot, characters, theme, event