Reading & Writing
This year your child will do a wide variety of reading. There is more of a focus on reading informational text than there has been in previous grades. The majority of the informational reading will come from Scholastic StoryWorks. StoryWorks is a monthly publications that teaches Language Arts concepts through a variety of literature and genres. Students will learn to write in response to a question and cite specific information from the text. They will also be required to answer questions about articles read and will learn to go back to the article to find each answer.
Along with the informational text we will also read from the McGraw/Hill Anthology. Students will be taught comprehension strategies to help them gain a deeper understanding of what they have read.
Independent reading is another component of our program. Students will read books at their indepenent reading level and take comprehension quizzes on Reading Counts. Each marking period students will be required to earn 20 reading counts points. Please ask your child about their progress toward this goal. We are in the process of creating lifelong readers!
Fourth graders will be working toward building stamina in writing this year. Using a writer's workshop approach, students will learn that writing is a process. We will write persuasive essays, personal narratives and literary essays. In addition, students will engage extensively in writing constructed responses in the content areas. Fourth graders will learn to "put the question in the answer" and to use and cite evidence from the text as we integrate our reading and writing.