We are THRILLED to announce that fourth grade writers will revisit personal narrative writing during this unit! This week, we will review the writing process of narrative work and begin a new piece. We will also look at an new way to plan our writing. This plan is called a "story arc" and will help our writers stay focused on the heart, or the big moment of their stories.
This week your writer will get a chance to experience a lesson from each of the language arts teachers! We will rotate as a class to work on skills that our fourth graders are still trying to master.
We are looking forward to Friday when we will celebrate the excellent essays that our writers have been working on!
This week in writing your child will learn the acronym DANCE to help them remember all of the important components of an essay.
D-Don't Forget a Thesis and Introduction
A-At Least One or Two Reasons
N-Narrative Element (aka Mini Memory)
After Friday, encourage your child to teach the family how to "DANCE" their way through an essay!
This week we will review the basic concepts of essay writing. Additionally, we will dive deeper into essay writing by looking critically at essays and using other writers' work to inspire us to write stronger essays! In our Grammar and Conventions study this week and next, we will talk about how to use transitions properly to help us create a cohesive flow in our pieces.
This week we are thrilled to publish and celebrate our Thankful Essays! Your little writer will have the opportunity to read his or her paper aloud "news reporter-style" while a friend films him or her reading. This Friday, we will play all of the videos and enjoy each of the essays! Throughout the week, we will review class-specific skills that still need some work.
This week we are reviewing how to write personal essays. The students will revisit how to generate ideas, plan and craft an essay for a specific prompt. In fourth grade, we use the "Boxes and Bullets" format to plan:
Topic or Thesis Statement
This week we will explore strategies to help our writers find success on revising and editing passages. Here are the strategies that we use in fourth grade:
1. Read the passage completely for understanding.
2. Read the passage again with your pencil in your hand. Make changes and corrections as needed.
3. Read the passage again if you feel it is necessary.
4. Read each question and go find the sentence(s) the question is about. Underline the sentence(s).
5. Read each answer choice and "try" that suggestion in the underlined sentence(s). Put a check by the best answer choice.
6. Choose and mark the best answer choice for the question.
Our writers are so excited to share their fictional stories with first grade friends this week! They are looking forward to "showing off" their hard work!
The winter holiday season is a special time when memories are made. Challenge your child to "live like a writer" during the winter break. Encourage him or her to really focus on the special moments during this time and commit them to memory so that they have lots of personal narrative story ideas. Enjoy this wonderful time with your children!
We will spend the beginning of this week reviewing for the writing test that is scheduled for this Wednesday, December 10th. Your child received a review sheet for the assessment last week, but it will cover the following skills:
Nouns (common, proper, singular, plural)
Thursday and Friday we will take a look at how great writers use internal dialogue in their pieces and challenge our writers to add internal dialogue in their Winter Wonderland Writing.
For the next three weeks our writers will learn how to write fictional stories. They are so excited! We will begin our unit by really focusing on how to write from a third person perspective, then revisit description of setting and characters. All of the hard work that we do during writing will be well worth it when we celebrate with a "Merry Share-y" and invite first grade writers to hear our stories!