Language Arts - 4

In Language Arts Grade 4, students will engage in a variety of topics as they explore the world of reading and writing. Students will put their skills to work as they learn all about word construction, cursive writing, spelling, context clues, vocabulary, reading comprehension, grammar, and the writing process. They will write narratives, informational, and opinion essays. In this course, students will participate in engaging lessons that include interactives, informational and literature texts, graphic organizers, videos, and various practice activities. Topics vary from women in space to fairy tales and myths. Students will have the opportunity to investigate animals in the jungle, solve a mystery using context clues, and travel around the world in this rainforest-themed course.

Major Topics and Concepts

  • Use context clues to read and determine the meaning of unknown words phrases
  • Use strategies to spell words correctly
  • Use legible cursive writing
  • Use story details to make inferences and explain what the text says explicitly
  • Use story details to describe a character, setting, or event
  • Use story details to determine the theme
  • Use common, proper, and plural nouns correctly when writing
  • Understand the contexts for formal and informal language
  • Use strong verbs to add more detail
  • Use verbs correctly when writing
  • Use the writing process to write an informative, narrative, and opinion essay
  • Use evidence from the text to determine the main idea
  • Explain events, concepts, and procedures in historical, scientific, and technical texts
  • Use relative pronouns correctly when writing
  • Identify subjects and predicates and use them correctly when writing
  • Use commas correctly when writing
  • Explain the meaning of similes and metaphors
  • Explain the major differences between stories, dramas, and poems
  • Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are told
  • Produce complete sentences, recognizing and correcting inappropriate run-ons and fragments
  • Use proper punctuation when quoting
  • Describe the overall structure of a text or part of a text
  • Compare and contrast firsthand and secondhand accounts on the same event or topic
  • Recognize and write the different sentence types correctly
  • Use reference materials to determine a word meaning
  • Compare and contrast themes, topics, and patterns of events in traditional literature
  • Make connections between the text and a visual representation of that text
  • Use knowledge of Greek and Latin Affixes to determine unknown word meaning
  • Use compound subjects and predicates correctly when writing
  • Use compound sentences correctly when writing
  • Use pronouns correctly when writing
  • Use synonyms and antonyms to add variety to writing
  • Explain how text features contribute to the understanding of the text in which they appear
  • Explain how the author uses reasons and evidence to support his or her points
  • Integrate information from two texts on the same topic to write or speak about the subject
  • Correctly match pronouns and their antecedents when writing
  • Use comparative and superlative adjectives correctly when writing
  • Use relative adverbs correctly when writing
  • Use context clues to read and determine the meaning of unknown words and phrases
  • Use strategies to spell words correctly
  • Explain the meaning of idioms, similes, and metaphors
  • Use story details to summarize and determine the theme
  • Use parentheses for effect when writing
  • Order adjectives correctly when writing
  • Identify opposites and similar meanings of words
  • Use evidence to make inferences and explain what the text says explicitly
  • Use evidence from the text to summarize and determine the main idea
  • Use the progressive verb tense correctly when writing
  • Use irregular verbs correctly when writing
  • Use apostrophes correctly when forming contractions
  • Understand the meaning of adages and proverbs
  • Recognize and use homophones correctly
  • Use details to determine the theme of a poem
  • Use compound and complex sentences correctly when writing
  • Use correct subject-verb agreement when writing
  • Use helping verbs correctly when writing
  • Use synonyms and antonyms to determine the meaning of unknown words
  • Use prepositions and prepositional phrases correctly when writing
  • Combine sentences using prepositional phrases
  • Use context clues to read and determine the meaning of unknown words and phrases
  • Combine short sentences using appositives
  • Combine sentences using participial phrases
  • Use a variety of sentence types when writing
  • Use correct verb tense when writing
  • Use affixes to determine new word meaning
  • Use demonstrative pronouns correctly when writing
  • Use the negative correctly when writing
  • Use research to support writing

Grade Level

  Grade 4

Duration

  Annual

Requirements

Students will need the following materials: printer, cell phone or scanner, pencils, scissors, interactive notebook, writing binder, erasers, crayons, highlighter, glue, tape, paper, and other household items.

Prerequisites

  None

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