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ELA Grade 4 Required and Recommended Texts

Module 1

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Text Quantity ISBNs
Love That Dog
by Sharon Creech
1 per student
ISBN: 9780064409599
A River of Words
by Jen Bryant
1 per class
ISBN: 9780802853028

Texts included in the module

Texts that are included in the lesson materials.

Text Quantity Publisher
Expert Group Poet Biographies: Walter Dean Myers
by El Education
Expert Group Poet Biographies: Valerie Worth
by EL Education
Expert Group Poet Biographies: Robert Frost
by EL Education

Recommended texts for independent reading

Optional texts for students to read on their own to learn more about the topic. You can also download a PDF of this list.

Text Genre Lexile Measure
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus
by Jen Bryant
Informational 590
Some Writer: The Story of E. B. White
by Melissa Sweet
Informational 1 030
Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets
by Kwame Alexander
Literature
One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance
by Nikki Grimes
Literature
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut
by Derrick Barnes
Literature
Bravo! Poems About Amazing Hispanic Americans
by Margarita Engle
Literature 1 150
A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams
by Jen Bryant
Informational 820
Who is Malala Yousafzai?
by Dinah Brown
Informational 680
Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys
by Elizabeth Fitzerald Howard
Literature 190
The Breadwinner
by Deborah Ellis
Literature 630
Razia's Ray of Hope: One Girl's Dream of an Education
by Liz Suneby
Literature 680
My Name Is Sangoel
by Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra Mohammed
Literature 440
La Mariposa
by Francisco Jimenez
Literature 750
Freedom's School
by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Literature
Four Feet, Two Sandals
by Karen Lynn Wiliams
Literature 620
Biblioburro: A True Story from Colombia
by Jeanette Winter
Informational 640
Word After Word After Word
by Patricia MacLachlan
Literature 450
Visiting Langston
by Willie Perdomo
Literature
The Drum Dream Girl
by Margarita Engle
Literature
The Dreamer
by Pam Munoz Ryan
Informational 650
The Day of Ahmed's Secret
by Florence Heide Parry and Judith Heide Gilliland
Literature 810
The Boy Who Loved Words
by Roni Schotter
Literature 780
Tap Dancing On The Roof: Sijo (Poems)
by Linda Sue Park
Poetry 650
Stella by Starlight
by Sharon M. Draper
Literature 740
Spilling Ink: A Young Writer's Handbook
by Anne Mazer
Informational 830
Silent Music: A Story of Baghdad
by James Rumford
Literature 830
Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton
by Don Tate
Informational 730
Poems in the Attic
by Nikki Grimes
Poetry
No Mirrors in My Nana's House
by Ysave Barnwell
Poetry
Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reverso Poems
by Marilyn Singer
Poetry
Jump Back, Paul: The Life and Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar
by Sally Derby
Informational
Guacamole : Un Poema Para Cocinar
by Jorge Argueta
Poetry 820
Emma's Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty
by Linda Glaser
Informational 970
Arroz con leche: Rice Pudding
by Jorge Argueta
Poetry
A Voice of Her Own: The Story of Phillis Wheatley, Slave Poet
by Katherine Lasky
Informational 940

Module 2

Texts to Buy

Texts that need to be procured. Please download the Trade Book List for procurement guidance.


Text Quantity ISBNs
Venom
by Marilyn Singer
1 per class
ISBN: 9781467749091
Can You Survive the Wilderness?
by Matt Doeden
1 per class
ISBN: 9781429679961

Texts included in the module

Texts that are included in the lesson materials.

Text Quantity Publisher
"Fight to Survive!"
by EL Education

Recommended texts for independent reading

Optional texts for students to read on their own to learn more about the topic. You can also download a PDF of this list.

Text Genre Lexile Measure
Trickiest: 19 Sneaky Animals
by Steve Jenkins
Informational 880
Now You See Them, Now You Don't: Poems About Creatures That Hide
by David L. Harrison
Literature
How to Be an Elephant: Growing Up in the African Wild
by Katherine Roy
Informational 1 310
Hidden Wildlife: How Animals Hide in Plain Sight
by Jim Arnosky
Informational 1 150
Hidden Dangers: Seek and Find 13 of the World's Deadliest Animals
by Lola M. Schaefer
Informational 850
Frozen Wild: How Animals Survive in the Coldest Places on Earth
by Jim Arnosky
Informational 1 130
Extreme Animals: The Toughest Creatures on Earth
by Nicola Davies
Informational 1 100
Animals by the Numbers: A Book of Animal Infographics
by Steve Jenkins
Informational 940
When Lunch Fights Back: Wickedly Clever Animal Defenses
by Rebecca L. Johnson
Informational
The Best Camouflaged Animals (Extreme Animals)
by Megan C. Peterson
Informational 670
Camouflage and Mimicry: Animal Weapons and Defenses
by Janet Riehecky
Informational 690
Rain Forest Animal Adaptations
by Lisa J. Amstutz
Informational 680
What are Camouflage and Mimicry?
by Bobbie Kalman and John Crossing-ham
Informational
101 Animal Secrets
by Melvin Berger and Gilda Berger
Informational 830
101 Hidden Animals
by Melvin Berger and Gilda Berger
Informational
101 Animal Super Powers
by Melvin Berger and Gilda Berger
Informational 1 020
Where in the Wild?: Camouflaged Creatures Concealed... and Revealed
by David M. Schwartz and Yael Schy
Informational
What Do You Do When Something Wants To Eat You?
by Steve Jenkins
Informational
Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature’s Survivors
by Joyce Sidman
Poetry 1 300
Animals That Make Me Say Look Out! (National Wildlife Federation)
by Dawn Cusick
Informational
Animals That Make Me Say Ewww! (National Wildlife Federation)
by Dawn Cusick
Informational
Animals That Make Me Say Ouch! (National Wildlife Federation): Fierce Fangs, Stinging Spines, Scary Stares, and More
by Dawn Cusick
Informational
Animals That Make Me Say Wow! (National Wildlife Federation): Secret Hideaways, Infrasonic Hearing, Bub-ble Gills, and More
by Dawn Cusick
Informational
Animal Behavior: Animal Defenses
by Christina Wilsdon
Informational

Module 3

Texts to Buy

Texts that need to be procured. Please download the Trade Book List for procurement guidance.


Text Quantity ISBNs
Colonial Voices: Hear Them Speak
by Kay Winters
ISBN: 978-0147511621
Divided Loyalties
by Gare Thompson
ISBN: 978-0792258674

Texts included in the module

Texts that are included in the lesson materials.

Text Quantity Publisher
9. Robert Barton’s letter
by EL Education for instructional purposes
William Barton’s letter
by EL Education for instructional purposes
Declaration of Independence: A Transcription
by The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
2016
Revolutionary War
by Grolier Online
Grolier Online,
Loyalists
by Grolier Online
Grolier Online,
An Incomplete Revolution
by Amy Miller
Junior Scholastic, 1999
American Indians and the American Revolution
by Collin Galloway
National Park Service, 2016

Recommended texts for independent reading

Optional texts for students to read on their own to learn more about the topic.

Text Genre Lexile Measure
Who Was Alexander Hamilton?
by Pam Pollack & Meg Belviso
Informational 910
The Thrifty Guide to the American Revolution: A Handbook for Time Travelers
by Jonathan W. Stokes
Informational
The Good Fight: The Feuds of the Founding Fathers (and How They Shaped a Nation)
by Anne Quirk
Informational 920
Sybil Ludington: Revolutionary War Rider
by E. F. Abbott
Literature
Revolutionary Rogues: John Andre and Benedict Arnold
by Selene Castrovilla
Informational 710
Revolutionary Friends: General George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette
by Selene Castrovilla
Informational 620
Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: One Dead Spy - The Life, Times, and Last Words of Nathan Hale, America's Most Famous Spy
by Nathan Hale
Literature
I Survived the American Revolution, 1776
by Lauren Tarshis
Literature 660
Guts & Glory: The American Revolution
by Ben Thompson
Informational
Ben's Revolution: Benjamin Russell and the Battle of Bunker Hill
by Nathaniel Philbrick
Informational 1 070
Answering the Cry for Freedom: Stories of African Americans and the American Revolution
by Gretchen Woelfle
Informational 1 040
America's Tea Parties: Not One, But Four! Boston, Charleston, New York, Philadelphia
by Marissa Moss
Informational
A Spy Called James: The True Story of James Lafayette, Revolutionary War Double Agent
by Anne Rockwell
Informational 940
Aaron and Alexander: The Most Famous Duel in American History
by Don Brown
Informational 890
I Lay My Stitches Down: Poems of American Slavery
by Synthia Grady, Michele Wood
Poetry 990
Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life
by Ashley Bryan
Poetry
The American Revolution: Writings from the War of Independence
by John H. Rhodehamel, (editor)
Informational
Daniel at the Siege of Boston, 1776
by Laurie Calkhoven
Literature 710
George Washington's Socks
by Elvira Woodruff
Literature 840
One Dead Spy : The Life, Times, and Last Words of Nathan Hale, America's Most Famous Spy
by Nathan Hale
Informational 270
Sophia's War: A Tale of the Revolution
by Avi
Literature 730
The Fighting Ground
by Avi
Literature
Henry and the Cannons: An Extraordinary True Story of the American Revolution
by Don Brown
Informational 820
The American Revolution for Kids: A History with 21 Activities
by Janis Herbert
Informational
American Revolution
by Stuart Murray
Informational
Independent Dames: What You Never Knew About the Women and Girls of the American Revolution
by Laurie Halse Anderson, Matt Faulkner
Informational 930
Mumbet's Declaration of Independence
by Gretchen Woelfle, Alix Delinois
Informational 540
Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin
by Robert Byrd
Informational 1 050
Let It Begin Here!: Lexington & Concord: First Battles of the American Revolution
by Dennis Brindell Fradin, Larry Day
Informational
America's Black Founders: Revolutionary Heroes & Early Leaders with 21 Activities
by Nancy I. Sanders
Informational
George vs. George: The American Revolution As Seen from Both Sides
by Rosalyn Schanzer
Informational 1 120
An Overview of the American Revolution - Through Primary Sources
by John Micklos Jr
Informational
American Indians and African Americans of the American Revolution - Through Primary Sources
by John Micklos Jr
Informational
George Washington's Spy
by Elvira Woodruff
Literature 710
Cannons at Dawn: The Second Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart
by Kristiana Gregory
Literature 740
The Winter of Red Snow: The Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart
by Kristiana Gregory
Literature
The Journal Of William Thomas Emerson, A Revolutionary War Patriot
by Barry Denenberg
Literature 950
What Is the Declaration of Independence?
by Michael C. Harris, Jerry Hoare, Kevin McVeigh
Informational 880

Module 4

Texts to Buy

Texts that need to be procured. Please download the Trade Book List for procurement guidance.


Text Quantity ISBNs
The Hope Chest
by Karen Schwabach
One per student
ISBN: 978-0-37584096-8

Texts included in the module

Texts that are included in the lesson materials.

Text Quantity Publisher
“The Girl Who Acted before Rosa Parks.”
by Elissa Blattman
One per student
Web ,
“The Suffragists: From Tea-Parties to Prison.”
by The Regents of the University of California
One per student
Web, 1975

Recommended texts for independent reading

Optional texts for students to read on their own to learn more about the topic. You can also download a PDF of this list.

Text Genre Lexile Measure
Lion Island: Chinese Cuba’s Warrior of Words
by Margarita Engle
Literature
Desmond And the Very Mean Word
by Desmond Tutu
Literature
Paper Wishes
by Lois Sepahban
Literature 550
Iqbal
by Francesco D’Adamo
Literature 730
I Pledge Allegiance
by Pat Mora
Literature 580
Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote
by Tanya Lee Stone
Informational 700
Miss Paul and the President: The Creative Campaign for Women’s Right to Vote
by Dean Robbins
Informational
Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth
by Anne Rockwell
Informational 790
My Name Is Truth: The Life of Sojourner Truth
by Ann Turner
Informational 1 410
Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride
by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Informational 650
Chasing Freedom: The Life Journeys of Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony, Inspired by Historical Facts
by Nikki Grimes
Informational 960
Granddaddy’s Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box
by Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stein
Literature 670
Through My Eyes
by Ruby Bridges
Informational 860
The Voting Rights Act of 1965: An Interactive History Adventure
by Michael Burgan
Informational 740
The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist
by Cynthia Levinson
Informational
Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909
by Michelle Markel
Informational 760
Ruth and the Green Book
by Calvin Alexander Ramsey with Gwen Strauss
Literature 810
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation
by Duncan Tonatiuh
Informational 870
The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial
by Susan E. Goodman
Informational 770
Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down
by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Informational 500
Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March
by Lynda Blackmon Lowery (as told to Elspeth Leacock and Susan Buckley)
Informational 780
Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965
by Jonah Winter
Informational 1 030

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