4th Grade Literature

Through multiple works of literature, students explore how a person's beliefs and values influence his or her behavior and how beliefs and values evolve over time.

Course Summary

In fourth-grade literature, students explore how people form identities, values, and beliefs and how those beliefs and values influence a person’s behavior by reading a variety of culturally relevant and diverse texts. Over the course of the year, students explore big topics such as what it means to have good fortune, when an individual should take a stand against injustice, how relationships with others can transform who we are, why it is always important to believe in yourself, and how family motivates and shapes whom we become. It is our hope that through deep analysis and discussion of these themes, students will realize that their identity, values, and beliefs are constantly evolving. We want them to understand that despite challenging life experiences and conflicts they face, they can evolve into the individuals they would like to become and accomplish goals they may have once thought were unreachable.

Our 4th Grade Literature course is one component of our complete English Language Arts program, paired with our 4th Grade Science and Social Studies course and Independent Reading. To learn more, see the Pacing Guide for this course.




Students grapple with how a person develops values, identities, and beliefs, and explore what it means to stand up for what you believe in, while reading and discussing the novel Shiloh.

26 Lessons


Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

By reading and discussing Grace Lin's novel Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, students explore what it means to have good fortune and how families shape a person’s identity, values, and beliefs.

27 Lessons


The Wild Book

Students explore the difficulties of having a learning disability and how that influences a person's self-image, enabling them to see the world as a diverse place, by reading the core text The Wild Book.

18 Lessons


Comparing and Contrasting Greek Myths

Students dive into the world of Greek mythology with the classic myths of Pandora, Arachne, and Echo and Narcissus, and explore how the Greeks used mythology to make sense of their world.

22 Lessons


Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

Students read, discuss and write about the novel Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, focusing on how the author develops characters and relationships, and giving them a glimpse into the life of a child with ADHD.

23 Lessons


Bud, Not Buddy

Students learn about the Great Depression through the eyes of a ten-year-old African-American boy, analyzing themes of compassion, maturity and the idea of home, through the novel Bud Not Buddy.

29 Lessons