Grade 4Language Arts

Focus: Treasure Island chronicles the adventures of the young narrator, Jim Hawkins, who discovers a treasure map and travels in search of the treasure on a distant island. The novel vividly portrays Jim’s encounters with dangerous pirates and shows how Jim uses his wits to outsmart the pirates. Through reading an abridged version of this classic novel, students learn about the adventure story as a specific genre of fiction. They explore the development of plot, characters, setting, and literary elements over the course of a longer work of fiction. Students also learn about topics relevant to the novel, such as geography and sailing. Students write a character sketch and an adventure story. Lessons include explicit instruction in grammar, morphology, and spelling.

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Number of Lessons: 19

Lesson Time: 90 minutes each. Each lesson may be divided into shorter segments.

Additional Search Terms: Robert Louis Stevenson • narrative writing • figurative language • relative pronouns • conjunctions

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