Grade 4 Language Arts

Course Description

Semester A

Language Arts 4’s curriculum integrates reading, writing, speaking, listening, and the study of vocabulary and grammar in a way that engages today’s learners and supports them in building a broad and diverse set of literacy skills. Students study classic literature as well as more contemporary forms, including media and multimedia products. Writing assignments in Semester A focus on narrative and persuasive modes and emphasize the use of reasoning and details to support opinions. Each writing assignment spans several lessons and guides students through a writing process that begins with prewriting and ends by emphasizing one or more aspects of conventions of standard written English. Students also learn how to participate in collaborative discussion and peer review sessions. In each lesson, engaging and relevant models and step-by-step instruction guide students toward mastery and appreciation of 21st Century communication in all its forms and functions.

Semester B

Like Semester A, Semester B provides an integrated curriculum. Whereas Semester A focuses on skills needed to read fiction and other literary prose, Semester B teaches specific skills for reading poetry, drama, and informational text. In the second semester of the course, students learn how informational text differs from literary text and how different forms of information text differ from each other. Writing assignments emphasize expository writing and guide students through research projects. Near the end of the semester, students learn how to present information orally and using multimedia.

Course Requirements

Grade Level

4th Grade

*Materials

Semester A:

  • A Tale of Despereaux
    by Kate Dicamillo
  • Bud, Not Buddy
    by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
    by Judy Blume

Semester B:

  • Wringer
    by Jerry Spinelli
  • Pictures of Hollis Woods
    by Patricia Reilly Giff
  • Shiloh
    by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Course Materials List

*Materials listed should be acquired by the student prior to beginning work in the course.

Duration

2 Semesters

Prerequisites

None

Technology Skills

  • Internet Navigation
  • Word Processing Skills
  • Email Communication (With the assistance of parent or teacher)

Semester A

Weekly Themes Include:

  • Foundational skills for reading and writing
  • Literary elements and devices
  • Fluency in reading and writing
  • Collaborative discussions
  • Peer review process and strategies
  • Forms of fiction
  • Comparing literature

Semester B

Weekly Themes Include:

  • Elements of poetry and drama
  • Reading strategies for informational text
  • Text structures
  • Research stages and strategies
  • Analyzing and evaluating information
  • Writing research reports
  • Media literacy
  • Oral and multimedia presentations
  • English language conventions