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ELA Grade 3 Unit 4: Writing in Response to Literature

Students will read and compare/contrast the character, setting, plot and theme of two texts, and write a multi-paragraph essay in response to a prompt.

Focus Standards 

Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.

Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events

Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series)

SL.3.4 Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.

L.3.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar usage when writing or speaking.  

L.3.1.a Explain the function of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in general and their functions in particular sentences.

L.3.1.c Use abstract nouns (e.g., childhood).

L.3.1.h Use coordinating and subordinating conjunctions.

L.3.1.i Produce simple, compound, and complex sentences.

L.3.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

L.3.2.c Use commas and quotation marks in dialogue.

L.3.5 Demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meanings.

L.3.5.c Distinguish shades of meaning among related words that describe states of mind or degrees of certainty (e.g., knew, believed, suspected, heard, wondered).

Content Specific Vocabulary: 

  • characters
  • closure
  • descriptive details
  • dialogue
  • effective techniques
  • events
  • event sequence
  • experiences
  • narrator
  • real or imagined experiences
  • recall
  • situation
  • technique
  • temporal words or phrases


Students will learn cursive writing this year.  They will be encouraged to practice only those letters which have been taught, in order for them to learn proper letter formation and spacing.