4th Grade Reading Topics


A parent sent me 4th grade reading topics students will be assigned this quarter. While I cannot remember what I read in elementary school, I don’t recall reading such heavy topics at such a young age.  Hopefully, by the end of third grade students are transitioning from learning to read to reading to learn. Book selection is very important to build interest in reading. What are 4th graders reading and learning? I applaud historical fiction assignments but shouldn’t our children first learn early American History before the Great Depression, World War II, Civil Rights and immigration? With permission from the parent, below is the excerpt from the teacher’s email “Quarter 3, Week 1 News”to parents :

What we are learning…..

Reading: In reading this quarter, we will be focusing on reading Historical Fiction texts. This is my favorite quarter to teach because I see so many students truly fall in love with reading!  As a class, we will be reading the book Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry.  This is the story about the escape of a Jewish family from Copenhagen during World War II.  In preparation for this book, we will be teaching some background knowledge about WWII and the holocaust.  Wake County provides us with educational and age appropriate materials to teach this subject which we will be using.  As you can imagine, there are often many questions that arise when teaching this matter.  I wanted to inform you of this so that you can discuss these topics with your child prior to our class discussions if you wish.

In addition to reading Number the Stars, your child will be participating in book clubs this quarter.  They will be assigned an additional historical fiction book to read based on my choice.  Your child will be discussing this book each week in a group setting with other students and a parent who are reading the same book.  Some topics that these books cover include the Great Depression, Civil Rights Movement, Immigration, and Hiroshima.  Your child will be provided with a copy of the text they are reading as well as a book club packet that they are responsible for completing each week.  We will be spending a lot of time in class discussing the importance of being an active group member and being prepared for discussions each week.  Your child will have hours in class each week to work on their reading assignment as well as their book club packet.  They may also complete this each night on their reading log as needed.  Being that book club assignments will be a significant portion of reading grades for third quarter, I wanted to make you aware of this information.

Writing:  We will focus on opinion writing this quarter. The students should understand what opinion means and how you can use your opinion to persuade others.  Students are expected to organize an opinion piece of writing that provides reasons to support their opinion.  Students will draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection,and research.

Do these topics track some of the changes to the Advanced Placement US History (APUSH) Framework?

The parent who sent me this is fully engaged and will read all assignments. Are you reading your children’s assignments? Are lessons presented objectively to develop critical thinking skills? The specific books were not included in the email; I will update you as I learn more.

What are your children reading?

This article was posted in Blog by NC Citizen on January 30, 2015 at 10:30 am.

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  • No matter if you are for or against Common Core you need to do your research into the debth the Muslim Brotherhood in America is going to influnece your children. Read MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD GROUP TO CONNECT ALL U.S. SCHOOLS’ – Partners with State, Education departments on international initiative, Published:
    01/23/2013, by Aatron Klein.

    “JERUSALEM – A Muslim Brotherhood-linked organization has partnered with the U.S. Department of Education and the State Department to facilitate an online program aiming to connect all U.S. schools with classrooms abroad by 2016.

    Vartan Gregorian, a board member of the organization, the Qatar Foundation International, was appointed in 2009 to President Obama’s White House Fellowships Commission.

    WND previously exposed that Gregorian served as a point man in granting $49.2 million in startup capital to an education-reform project founded by former Weather Underground terrorist William Ayers and chaired by Obama.

    Documentation shows Gregorian was central in Ayers’ recruitment of Obama to serve as the first chairman of the project, the Chicago Annenberg Challenge – a job in which
    Obama worked closely on a regular basis with Ayers.

    Obama also later said his job at the project qualified him to run for public office, as WND previously reported.

    Connecting schools to fulfill Obama pledge

    The Qatar Foundation International, or QFI, in 2011 partnered with the Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to facilitate matchmaking between classrooms in the U.S. and international schools through something called the “Connect All Schools” project.

    QFI, funded by the Qatari government, explains on its website the initiative was founded in response to Obama’s call in his June 2009 speech to the Arab world in Cairo, Egypt, to “create a new online network, so a young person in Kansas can communicate instantly with a young person in Cairo.”

    QFI relates how more than 100 U.S. schools and organizations have already connected on the interactive website.

    The stated goal of the initiative is to “connect every school in the U.S. with the world by

    This is not the QFI’s first foray into the U.S. education system. (snip)

    Frank Livingston
    Frank Livingston Feb 07, 2015 at 9:01
  • Fox News Insider thanks for linking and covering the story!

    NC Citizen
    NC Citizen Feb 11, 2015 at 9:36

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