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Language Arts in Fourth Grade

Students study literature through the integrated thematic lens of power. Students practice purposeful writing that considers ; audience, topic, and voice. Through creative writing, students advance their application of literary devices, while honing skills in character, plot, and theme development. Using the Writing Workshop model, students engage the revision process individually and collaboratively with peers. Over the course of the year, students read a variety of genres and learn to analyze characters, recognize literary devices, appreciate plot developments, determine genre characteristics, and identify voice and perspectives. Vocabulary growth and reading comprehension skills, including critical literacy, are integrated across the curriculum.

Skills we focus on include the following:


  • Investigate a topic from multiple perspectives and lenses.
  • Review, categorize, and summarize information.
  • Engage in individual and collaborative group research and writing projects.


  • Analyze character development and author’s message through a thematic and critical lens.
  • Interact with texts through annotation and use evidence to prove themes, character development, and reader inferences.
  • Identify distinguishing characteristics of diverse genres and interpret features of each.
  • Apply reading comprehension strategies to connect question and analyze.
  • Recognize stories as reflective of culture and context that require examination of multiple points of view, including absent voices.
  • Summarize a text’s main points and explain how they are supported by specific details.
  • Explain the relationship or interaction between individuals, events, or ideas based on textual evidence. texts.


  • Introduce a topic and present related information in clear and structured paragraphs with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotes, and examples from multiple sources.
  • Apply rhetorical techniques in persuasive writing and presentations.
  • Write multi­-paragraph pieces across a range of audiences and purposes.
  • Practice guided and scaffolded peer review and constructive feedback to publish work within a specific deadline through the writing process.
  • Practice narrative devices and descriptive writing to develop characters that feel and react to events.
  • Maintain appropriate pacing and sequence of events.

Grammar and Conventions

  • Use commas:
    • after a sentence’s introductory segment (e.g. Earlier this morning, we ate breakfast.)
    • to set off the words yes and no in writing (e.g. Yes, we will; and no, thank you.)
    • to set off a question from the rest of a sentence (e.g. It’s true, isn’t it?)
    • to show direct address. (e.g. Is that you, Mike?)
    • to separate items in a series. (e.g. I want eggs, pancakes, and juice.)
  • Recognize and apply a variety of literary devices.
Fourth Grade B
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Fourth Grade A
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