For grade 4, it reads “Compare and contrast a firsthand and secondhand account of the same event or topic; describe the differences in focus and the information provided.” I suggest The Extraordinary Mark Twain by Barbara Kerley (illus. Edwin Fotheringham) as a lesson starter.
This book has two layers of text, and the second layer is something special—bits and pieces of Suzy’s diary reproduced in what appears to be a small journal built right into the book. Your students will really enjoy it before they move on to looking at other journals or other kinds of firsthand accounts.
Next week, I'll discuss grade 5.