Writing Overview ~ Grade 4
Miss Berndl's Fabulous Fours

Curriculum Guidelines:

By the end of Grade 4, students will:

  • communicate ideas and information for a variety of purposes and to specific audiences (e.g., write a brief research report on a class investigation for classmates);
  • begin to write for more complex purposes (e.g., to present and discuss their opinions and viewpoints, to pose questions, to record information);
  • organize and develop ideas using paragraphs (e.g., to tell a story);
  • use simple and compound sentences and vary their sentence structure;
  • produce pieces of writing using a variety of specific forms (e.g., humorous story) and materials from other media (e.g., photo sequence) to enhance their writing;
  • produce media texts using writing and materials from other media (e.g., a cartoon);
  • revise and edit their work, using feedback from the teacher and their peers;
  • proofread and correct their final drafts, focusing on grammar, punctuation, and spelling;
  • use and spell correctly the vocabulary appropriate for this grade level;
  • use correctly the conventions (spelling, grammar, punctuation, visual presentation) specified for this grade level.

Our Grade 4 Writing Program Consists Of:
Mechanics of Writing   Writing Forms  

Mechanics of Writing  
  • HANDWRITING - putting it into print
    • printing
    • cursive
    • lettering
    • keyboarding
Skills
  • speed
  • correct letter formation
  • developing personal style
  • reading handwriting of others
  • writing with no lines
  • LAYOUT
    • letter style
    • notebook set up
    • paragraphs
  • spacing between words
  • erasures
  • neatness
  • use of a ruler
  • weekly spelling lists
  • vocabulary development
  • word studies
  • dictionary skills
  • GRAMMAR
  • parts of speech
  • VOCABULARY
  • word study
  • glossaries
  • SKILL DRILLS
  • fluency - FMTW - Five Minute Timed Writing
  • Handwriting exercises
  • Keyboarding Exercises - All the Right Type
  • FINE MOTOR SKILLS
  • paper folding, ripping
  • cutting, gluing
  • coloring, shading, mapping
  • writing without lines, Magic Lines
  • sketching, lettering
  • 3-D sculptures, paper mache, plasticine
  • sewing, tying knots

 

Writing Forms  
  • EXPOSITORY WRITING
  • Research notes & Publications
  • 3rd Person Writing - About the Author, Personal Blurb
  • 1st Person Writing - Yearbook - I remember when ...
  • Reflections ~ students are often expected to write about their thoughts and feelings about things that they have learned about or their own performance
    • V&R ~ Viewing a video & Reflecting piece of writing
    • PMI - Plus, Minus, Interesting -  used for self & peer evaluation
  • Yearbook Articles ~ students write about event that occur during the year for their class yearbook
  • PERSONAL USE WRITING

  • Agenda~ students copy items directly from the board daily to organize their time and to maintain communication between home & school
  • Cue cards for presentations
  • Notebook Maintenance
  • Note-taking ~ students transcribe notes from the board, make point form notes from class discussions or their own reading
  • V&N ~ Viewing & Note-taking ~ students experience making notes while watching a video
  • V&R ~ Viewing & Reflecting
  • L&L ~ Listening & Learning
  • Listening & Note-Taking ~ student presentations
  • Reading & Note-Taking ~ research
 
  • LETTER WRITING
  • Home Journals
  • Reader Response Postcards
  • Thank You Letters
  • Pen Pal Letters
  • Novels Written in Letter or Dear Diary Style
  • CREATIVE WRITING
  • Short Stories
  • Poetry
  • SCRIPT
  • PATTERN BOOK
  • SUMMARIES
  • Talking Book Summaries ~ listening & chapter summaries
  • Reading Log Novel Summaries
  • REPORTING
  • Yearbook articles on staff & students
  • Interviewing an "expert" for hands-on research for IRP
  • GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS
  • IPDs - INFORMATION PRESENTATION DEVICES
  • Chart
  • Compare & Contrast - Similarities / Differences
  • Comparison Organizer
  • Cycle
  • Collages
  • Diagrams
  • Idea webs / Cluster web / Word web
  • Map
  • Paragraph Sandwhich - topic sentence, details, concluding sentence
  • Photograph
  • PMI Chart
  • Posters
  • SMART Ideas Concept Mapping software
  • Story Map - setting, characters, problem, plot/events, resolution
  • T-Chart
  • Time Line
  • Title Pages
  • Venn Diagram
  • 5W - Who, What, Where, When, WhyWord Poles
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY
  • Properly Identifying Resources

 

Publications Book Publishing Checklist & Self Evaluation Guide
  • Integrated Studies
The Important Book about Light & Colour
  • Class Yearbook
Yearbook Writing Activities
  • Creative Writing

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