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Writing

This year we will be focusing on a few different types of writing as we prepare for the 4th grade writing portion of the FCAT (Florida Writes). All writing that is produced will go through the writing process. It will start out as a plan, then written as a rough draft, revised and edited until it is the way they want it and then is re-written as a final draft which is put into the child's portfolio for their 4th grade teacher to see. 

Narrative Writing
The students will produce writing that is either a first-hand account of something that happened or is a make-believe story. 

By the end of the third grade, they will be able to:

 - Orient or engage the reader (set the time, indicate the location where the story takes place, introduce the character or enter immediately into the story line)

 - Create a believable world and introduce characters through the precise choice of detail

 - Create a sequence of events that unfolds naturally

 - Provide pacing

 - Develop a character often by providing motivation for action and having the character solve the problem

 - Develop the plot or tell about the event by describing actions and emotions of the main characters, including descriptive details, using dialogue and story strategies

 - Add reflective comments (especially in an autobiographical narrative)

 - Provide some kind of conclusion


Report Writing
The students will pick a topic that they are interested in and research it in the library and on-line (under teacher supervision) to produce a meaningful and organized report.

By the end of the third grade, they will be able to:

 - Introduce the topic, sometimes providing a context

 - Have an organizational structure that is useful to the reader

 - Communicate big ideas, insights or theories that have been elaborated on or illustrated through facts, details, quotations, statistics and information

 - Use diagrams, charts, or illustrations appropriate to the text

 - Have a concluding sentence or section

 - Employ a straightforward tone of voice



Functional Writing
The students will write a complete and organized guide on how to do something.

By the end of the third grade, they will be able to:

 - Engage the reader by establishing a context for the piece

 - Identify the topic

 - Provide a guide to action

 - Show the steps in an action in considerable detail

 - Include relevant information

 - Use language that is straightforward and clear

 - May use illustrations detailing steps in the procedure

 - Make connections between the text and their own ideas and lives



Response to Literature
The students will write about a book they are reading, or one that has been read aloud to them, which shows that they comprehend the story.

By the end of the third grade, they will be able to:

 - Support an interpretation by making specific references to the text

 - Provide enough detail from the text so the reader can understand the interpretation

 - Go beyond retelling

 - Compare two works by an author

 - Discuss several works that have a common idea or theme


Persuasive Writing
The students will produce a piece that tries to convince someone to do something. 

By the end of the third grade, they will be able to:

 - Engage the reader by establishing a context for the piece

 - Identify the topic

 - Provide a guide to action

 - Show the steps in an action in considerable detail

 - Include relevant information

 - Use language that is straightforward and clear

 - May use illustrations detailing steps in the procedure

 - Make connections between the text and their own ideas and lives

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