4th Grade

Skills list for "Always" rubric:

4.4.1   Discuss ideas for writing.  Find ideas for writing in conversations with others, and in books, magazines, newspapers, or on the internet.  Keep a list or notebook of ideas.

4.4.2   Select a focus, an organizational structure, and a point of view based upon purpose, audience, length, and format requirements for a piece of writing.

4.4.3   Write informational pieces with multiple paragraphs (list of req. is given).

4.4.4   Use common organizational structures for providing information in writing (chronological order, cause and effect, similarity and difference, posing and answering a question).  

4.4.5   Quote or paraphrase information sources, citing them appropriately.

4.4.6   Locate information in reference texts by using organizational features, such as prefaces and appendixes.

4.4.7   Use multiple reference materials and online information as aids to writing.

4.4.8   Understand the organization of almanacs, newspapers, and periodicals.

4.4.9   Use a computer to draft, revise, and publish writing, demonstrating basic keyboarding skills and familiarity with common computer technology.

4.4.10   Review, evaluate, and revise writing for meaning and clarity.

4.4.12   Revise writing by combining and moving sentences and paragraphs to improve the focus and progression of ideas.

4.4.11   Proofread one’s own writing, as well as that of others, using an editing checklist or list of rules, with specific examples of corrections of frequent errors.

4.5.6   Write for different purposes (information, persuasion) and to a specific audience.

4.5.5   Use varied word choices to make writing interesting.

4.5.1   Write narratives that include ideas observations, or memories.  Also, provides context to help the reader imagine the world being described, and uses concrete sensory details.

4.5.4   Write summaries that contain the main ideas of the reading selection and the most significant details.

4.5.2   Write responses to literature that demonstrate understanding of the work, and support judgments through references to the text and to prior knowledge.

4.5.3   Write informational literature that asks a central question, includes facts and details for focus, and uses more than one source of information.

4.6.1   Write smoothly and legibly in cursive, forming letters and words that can be read by others.

4.6.2   Use simple and compound sentences in writing.

4.6.3   Create interesting sentences by using words that describe, explain, or provide additional details and connections.

4.6.4   Identify and use regular verbs, irregular verbs, and prepositions.

4.6.5   Use parenthesis to explain something that is not considered of primary importance to the sentence, commas in direct quotations, apostrophes to show possession, and apostrophes in contractions.

4.6.6   Use underlining, quotation marks, or italics to identify titles of documents.

4.6.7   Capitalize names of magazines, newspapers, works of art, musical compositions, organizations, and the first word in quotes (when appropriate).

4.6.8   Spell correctly roots, inflections, suffixes and prefixes, and syllables.