4th Grade Writing


4th Grade Writing Standards


Text Types and Purposes

W.4.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information. tools-icon
a. Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which related ideas are grouped to support the writer’s purpose. tools-icon
b. Provide reasons that are supported by facts and details. tools-icon
c. Link opinion and reasons using words and phrases (e.g., for instance, in order to, in addition). tools-icon
d. Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented. tools-icon
W.4.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly. tools-icon
a. Introduce a topic clearly and group related information in paragraphs and sections; include formatting (e.g., headings), illustrations, and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension. tools-icon
b. Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic. tools-icon
c. Link ideas within categories of information using words and phrases (e.g., another, for example, also, because). tools-icon
d. Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic. tools-icon
e. Provide a concluding statement or section related to the information or explanation presented. tools-icon
W.4.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences. tools-icon
a. Orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally. tools-icon
b. Use dialogue and description to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations. tools-icon
c. Use a variety of transitional words and phrases to manage the sequence of events. tools-icon
d. Use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely. tools-icon
e. Provide a conclusion that follows from the narrated experiences or events. tools-icon

Production and Distribution of Writing

W.4.4 Produce clear and coherent writing (including multiple-paragraph texts) in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.) CA tools-icon
W.4.5 With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing. tools-icon
W.4.6 With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of one page in a single sitting. tools-icon

Research to Build and Present Knowledge

W.4.7 Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic. tools-icon
W.4.8 Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; take notes and categorize information, and provide a list of sources. tools-icon
W.4.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Lesson Plan: The Fisherman and His Wife

Lesson Plan: The Fisherman and His Wife

a. Apply grade 4 Reading standards to literature (e.g., “Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text [e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions].”). tools-icon
b. Apply grade 4 Reading standards to informational texts (e.g., “Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text”). tools-icon

Range of Writing

W.4.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences. tools-icon
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