Writing for a purpose
In fourth grade, writing is incorporated into every subject. Fourth-graders write daily for different purposes and audiences - from essays and short answers (1-2 paragraphs) to sentence writing and journaling.
Students will work to master the following skills: responding to a prompt, adding details and elaboration, and using age-appropriate vocabulary. They will practice writing conventions, including punctuation marks, paragraphing and verb tenses.
Different types of writing fourth-graders learn:
- Descriptive writing that creates a clear and vivid picture of a person, place or thing
- Expository nonfiction writing that explains an event, concept or idea using facts and examples
- Narrative writing about an event in a personal way
- Persuasive writing that encourages an audience to share the writer's beliefs, opinions or point of view The writing process
The writing process includes: prewriting, drafting, revising, editing and publishing.
- Next the writer makes changes to the draft to improve the writing and make it clear. This may include additions or deletions, changes in the sentence structure or organization. At this stage it is helpful to have input from a peer or the teacher.
- The final draft is then shared with the desired audience, such as classmates or parents. Bringing value to the written piece.