English Language Arts and Literacy/ Fourth Grade

Posted in Fourth Grade

We are excited to implement The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy using the Reading Street/ Pearson Realize program. This instructional time will consist of whole group, cooperative groups and partners focusing on Concept Development, Vocabulary, Reading, Comprehension, Fluency, Spelling, Word Study, Grammar and Writing. The fourth grade Science and Social Studies core will be integrated throughout.

Pearson Realize helps us meet every student at every level.  Pearson offers the opportunity to look inside your child’s day-to-day learning. Visit www.pearsonrealize.com  to not only view your child's progress, but also interact with current concepts using innovative learning paths that include text, inquiry and digital options.  You will be amazed at how motivated and excited your child will be to share in the interactive learning experiences while studying at home. Watch as your child “teaches” you how to access the resources we utilize in the classroom.

Writing

During school day, best instructional practice emphasizes writing across content areas and integrated throughout the entire school day. There are both formal and informal practices, which include Writing to Learn and Product Writing.

The purpose of Writing to Learn:

  • Develop fluency
  • Practice written vocabulary and academic language
  • Practice communicating ideas formally and informally
  • Assess comprehension

During Writing to Learn tasks, students engage in two of the five levels of writing:

1) To get ideas down, and

  • To exhibit knowledge on a topic.

The purpose of Product Writing:

  • Knowledge on a topic or text
  • Well-developed composition with organization
  • Transitions, precise language and formal language
  • Refinement of writing skills
  • Conventions and grammar
  • Evaluation and feedback
  • Publishing

During Product Writing students engage in three of the five levels of writing: 3) Writing to be read and reviewed, revised and edited. 4) Writing to be critiqued, revised and edited. 5) Writing to be published.

Levels

Examples

1. Writing to get ideas down

Brainstorming, listing, graphic organizer

2. Writing to exhibit knowledge on a topic

Short answers, journals, learning logs

3. Writing to be read and reviewed, revised and edited

First draft of report, essay, narrative

4. Writing to be critiqued, revised and edited

Final draft of report, essay, narrative

5. Writing to be published

Shared with a wider audience (e.g. Reflections)