Fourth-Grade Writing Learning Objectives
Please notice that literacy learning objectives, listed in italics, are aligned to our larger report card indicators, typed in bold. Each learning objective is accompanied by sample “I statements” that students can use in considering their progress as readers and writers.
Report Card Indicator: Understands and employs the various stages of the writing process, including prewriting, drafting, revision and editing. Fourth-graders continue to benefit from support and feedback of peers to promote reflective goal setting for improved writing.
- I know how to conduct research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.
- I gather and organize relevant information from print and digital sources; take notes and categorize information; and provide a list of sources.
- I can evaluate and synthesize evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection and research.
Report Card Indicator: Organizes writing so that the reader can follow easily.
Fourth-graders have to make choices about structure in various sections in the piece of writing.
- In nonfiction writing, I choose a topic or opinion and stick with it! I group information into sections and use paragraphs (or chapters) to separate those sections. Each section has information that is mostly about the same thing.
- Now that I am providing multiple reasons for my ideas, I realize that I have to transition between ideas to help my reader.
- I develop an ending that restates the claim and includes a thought, comment, or call to action related to the claim. Sometimes it’s appropriate to include my opinion.
- In story writing, I develop the heart of the story and the motivation of the characters through actions, dialogue, thoughts, and feelings.
Report Card Indicator: Develops an idea or captures the story by incorporating supporting details.
Fourth-graders develop stories and essays through identifying reasons and including details.
- I know that in order to support my claim or teach others about a topic, I need to have reasons or subtopics.
- I include examples and information to support my reasons, perhaps from a text, my knowledge, or my life.
- Evidence includes different types of facts and details such as numbers, names and examples. I can even gather information from talking to people, reading, and/or from personal knowledge and observations. And, I have to cite sources within the text when appropriate.
Report Card Indicator: Incorporates the craft of writing.
- I make deliberate and appropriate word choices to teach my readers.
- Sometimes, I make interesting comparisons and/or figurative language to clarify points.
- I use a convincing tone when I write an opinion piece.
- I make some parts of the story go by quickly and others slowly.
- I use a storytelling voice and conveyed the emotion or tone of my story.
Report Card Indicator: Understands and applies the conventions of writing: correct grammar, sentence structure, punctuation, and spelling.
As fourth-graders write, they think about the importance of the conventions of writing.
- I make sure to capitalize correctly in all instances.
- I know to use commas and quotation marks to mark direct speech and quotations from a text.
- I have learned that a comma is necessary before a coordinating conjunction in a compound sentence.