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4th Grade - Writing Standards

4th Grade English Language Arts - Writing Standards

All links in the pages below were verified in October, 2011

To work on fourth grade writing standards, click on the numbers below to visit pages of internet resources for each of the learning standards.

Checks for Understanding are at the top of this page. Scroll down to find internet resources related to the State Performance Indicators (SPIs).

Checks for Understanding (Formative/Summative Assessment)

0401.3.1 Audience - Determine an audience and a purpose for writing.
0401.3.2 Write - Write for a variety of purposes: to entertain, persuade, inform, demonstrate knowledge, answer questions, respond to literature, acquire knowledge (e.g., take notes, synthesize information).
0401.3.3 Writing Prompt - Practice writing to a prompt within a specified time.
0401.3.4 Personal Reflection - Write poems, stories, and essays based upon personal reflections, observations, and experiences.
0401.3.5 Write Letters - Write friendly and business letters.
0401.3.6 Compare - Compare in writing two persons or things.
0401.3.7 Original Response - Write creative, imaginative, and original responses to literature (e.g., poems, raps, stories).
0401.3.8 Writing Process - Use all steps in the writing process: brainstorm and organize ideas, create a first draft, revise and proofread draft, share completed work.
0401.3.9 Graphic Organizer - Arrange ideas by using graphic organizers (e.g., listing clustering, story maps, webs).
0401.3.10 Refine a Topic - Select and refine a topic.
0401.3.11 Topic Sentence - Develop a topic sentence with supporting details and a concluding sentence to form a paragraph.
0401.3.12 Varied Sentences - Construct varied sentences (i.e., syntactic variety) to add interest.
0401.3.13 Logical Order - Arrange multi-paragraph work in a logical and coherent order.
0401.3.14 Transitional Words - Use appropriate time-order or transitional words.
0401.3.15 Vivid Language - Incorporate vivid language into writing.
0401.3.16 Page Format - Use correct page format (e.g., paragraphs, margins, indentations, titles).
0401.3.17 Revise - Revise to clarify and refine ideas, to distinguish among important, unimportant, and irrelevant information, and to enhance word selection.
0401.3.18 Use Resources - Use resources (e.g., dictionary, thesaurus, computer) to aid in the writing process.
0401.3.19 Rubric - Develop and use a classroom rubric for written work and use for peer review and editing.
0401.3.20 Use Technology - Use technology to publish and present.
0401.3.21 Publication - Identify and explore opportunities for publication (e.g., local/national contests, Internet web sites, newspapers, periodicals, school displays).

State Performance Indicators

SPI 0401.3.1 Purpose - Identify the purpose for writing (i.e., to entertain, to inform, to share experiences) and the audience for which it is intended.
SPI 0401.3.2 Identify Audience - Identify the audience for which a text is written.
SPI 0401.3.3 Choose Topic - Choose a topic sentence for a paragraph.
SPI 0401.3.4 Support Topic - Select details that support a topic sentence.
SPI 0401.3.5 Coherent Paragraph - Rearrange sentences to form a sequential, coherent paragraph.
SPI 0401.3.6 Supporting Sentence - Choose the supporting sentence that best fits the context and flow of ideas in a paragraph.
SPI 0401.3.7 Irrelevant Sentences - Identify sentences irrelevant to a paragraph's theme or flow.
SPI 0401.3.8 Time-Order - Select appropriate time-order or transitional words to enhance the flow of a writing sample.
SPI 0401.3.9 Appropriate Title - Select an appropriate title that reflects the topic of a written selection.
SPI 0401.3.10 Graphic Organizer - Complete a graphic organizer (i.e., clustering, listing, mapping, webbing) to group ideas for writing.
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