W.4.4 Lesson Plans

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.4.4

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"Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience."

Our Take: In fourth grade, students should try various styles of writing for various audiences. Teachers should assign a wide range of writing activities (short fictional stories, scripts, personal essays, informational reports, opinion pieces, etc.) and help students understand the different demands of each.

These lesson plans can help students practice this Common Core State Standards skill.

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State Memories
State Memories
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State Memories
In this lesson, your students will practice writing about places important to them through poetry. By the time they are done, students will have become better writers and taken a walk down memory lane!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Middle Atlantic State Migration
Middle Atlantic State Migration
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Middle Atlantic State Migration
In this lesson, your students will use guiding questions as a way to organize their thoughts about non-fiction reading. They will also gain an understanding of some of the factors that led to the colonization of the Middle Atlantic States.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Southeast and Gulf State Weather
Southeast and Gulf State Weather
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Southeast and Gulf State Weather
Whoa, weather! Using technology as an aid, students will put their research skills to the test while learning about hurricanes.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Papering the Plains States
Papering the Plains States
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Papering the Plains States
Making inferences from texts about the Plains States, your students will learn how to read with a purpose! In this lesson, your students will practice important skills while developing knowledge of various states.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Sum It Up: Introduction to Writing Summaries
Sum It Up: Introduction to Writing Summaries
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Sum It Up: Introduction to Writing Summaries
Students are often taught that written pieces should be long and detailed, but this isn't the case when it comes to summaries. This lesson gives students the chance to practice keeping summaries concise in a fun and engaging way.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Paint a Word Picture
Paint a Word Picture
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Paint a Word Picture
Students become word artists as they use ordinary pictures to practice creating detailed descriptions. This technique helps your class learn how to paint a picture with words.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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What's in a Name?
What's in a Name?
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What's in a Name?
Every name has a story behind it. This lesson allows students to share the story of their name with their classmates. Not only is it fun, it's ideal for establishing a respectful classroom community.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Two Points of View
Two Points of View
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Two Points of View
Are your students ready to see narratives from a different perspective? This reading lesson will get students excited about discovering first- and third-person points of view.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Author's Purpose: Easy as PIE
Author's Purpose: Easy as PIE
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Author's Purpose: Easy as PIE
Give your class the "write" tools they need to become excellent authors. In this literary lesson, students use their knowledge of author's purpose to successfully write pieces that persuade, inform, and entertain.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Jazzy Bio Poems
Jazzy Bio Poems
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Jazzy Bio Poems
Integrate reading, writing, and social studies in this lesson about famous jazz musicians! This lesson would fit perfectly in a unit about biographies or Black History Month.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Pop Rocks Matter
Pop Rocks Matter
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Pop Rocks Matter
This experiment is a fun lesson that captures the ears, eyes, and minds of students! It combines writing, reasoning, predictions, and teamwork with candies and soda to produce a memorable lesson on chemical reactions and energy.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Immigration: Ellis Island
Immigration: Ellis Island
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Immigration: Ellis Island
This is a lesson about the immigration procedures at Ellis Island. Students will learn about the process and creatively write about what it was like for immigrants to pass through Ellis Island.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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My Perfect Pet
My Perfect Pet
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My Perfect Pet
In this lesson, your students will go through the writing process to write about their perfect pets and then make a 3-D version of this pet, mount the final draft, and display it.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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The Crystal Heart: Writing Similes
The Crystal Heart: Writing Similes
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The Crystal Heart: Writing Similes
We've all heard not to judge a book or a person by its cover. This topic is poignantly covered in the Vietnamese myth of the Crystal Heart. In this lesson, students will read the myth and write similes in the style of the fisherman's song.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Great Lake Stories
Great Lake Stories
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Great Lake Stories
Natural landmarks are a source of wonder and fascination, and they encourage people’s imaginations. Students will get a chance to use their imaginations in this lesson where social studies and writing combine.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Presidential Pets
Presidential Pets
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Presidential Pets
Holy cow! Did President George W. Bush really have a longhorn named Ofelia as a pet? Students learn about wacky White House pets in this fun research activity that includes “president interviews” and a pet choice writing page.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Reading Response Letters
Reading Response Letters
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Reading Response Letters
How can you *see* what your students are thinking while they read? Try reading response letters in your class. Students will practice formatting letters and learn to discuss their thinking about literature in writing.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Terrific Titles
Terrific Titles
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Terrific Titles
Crafting a grabby title and headings is an important skill. A title is the first thing a reader sees, and frames the rest of the piece. In this lesson, students will learn strategies to create and correctly capitalize grabby titles.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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A Deeper Look into the Preamble to the Constitution
A Deeper Look into the Preamble to the Constitution
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A Deeper Look into the Preamble to the Constitution
Understanding the Constitution is an important civic duty. This lesson gives your students a chance to break down the Preamble to the Constitution into manageable chunks, and translate it into student-friendly language.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Making Text Connections
Making Text Connections
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Making Text Connections
This lesson helps your students practice making text connections so they can write about their reading. It can be taught on its own or serve as a precursor to the Reading Response Letters lesson.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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