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Language Arts - Grade 4


Vocabulary Development


The learner will:


†††††††††† Use a variety of decoding strategies (e.g., phonics, word patterns, structural analysis, context clues) to recognize new words.

††††††††† Use synonyms and antonyms to define words.

††††††† ††Self monitor and self correct miscues.

†††††††††† Use a variety of resources to clarify meanings of unfamiliar words.

†††††††††† Apply word analysis and vocabulary strategies to correct miscues.

††††††† ††Identify and interpret common idioms, similes, analogies, metaphors, alliteration, personification, onomatopoeia, hyperbole, and multiple meaning words.

††††††††† Use roots words, prefixes, and suffixes to understand word meanings.

†††††††† Determine the denotative and connotative meanings of words.









Reading Strategies


The learner will:


Identify, set, and adjust purposes for reading.

Apply reading strategies: predicting, questioning, inferring, making connections, summarizing, synthesizing, analyzing, using prior knowledge, self monitoring, and drawing conclusions.

Apply reading skills: generalizing, fact and opinion, cause and effect, sequencing, identify explicit and implicit main ideas and supporting details.

Determine meaning of figurative language.

Use graphic organizers to improve comprehension.

Read fluently and accurately.

Identify and use expository and narrative text features and structure.







Reading Comprehension


The learner will:


Use evidence in text to respond to open-ended questions, modify predictions, and confirm or reject hypotheses, and to infer.

Make comparisons across reading selection.

Identify important themes in text.

Recognize how illustrations reflect, interpret, and enhance the text.

Interpret information from tables, maps, visual aids, and charts.

Use available technology.

Identify authorís purpose.








Literary Elements


The learner will:


Identify and interpret story elements: setting, plot, characters, problem/solution, and attempts to solve problem or resolution.

Identify and interpret theme (e.g. friendship, cooperation, sharing, change, exploration) in selected stories.

Compare one of more stories.

Identify and discuss the elements of plot and subplot.

Make inferences about character traits and provide evidence from text.

Discuss and respond to a variety of literature

Identify examples of poetic devices using sound, (e.g. alliteration, onomatopoeia, rhyme scheme, rhythm and consonance).








Variety of Literary Works


The learner will:


Analyze several works that have a common theme.

Identify, discuss, and interpret a variety of genres in fiction and non-fiction.

Identify whether a given passage is narrative, persuasive, or expository.††










Grammar and Sentence Structure


The learner will:


††††††††††† Write fully-developed paragraph(s) using proper form (e.g., topic sentence, transitions, details, summary/conclusion sentence) and a variety of sentence types (? . !)

††††††††††† and structures (simple and compound).†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

††††††††† Demonstrate and use subject/verb agreement.

†††††††††† Demonstrate appropriate use of parts of speech.

†††††††† Use appropriate capitalization and punctuation.

††††††††† Proofread, edit, and revise.

††††††††† Use correct spelling of high frequency words.

††††††††† Spell grade appropriate words correctly.

†††††††† Recognize misspelled words and use appropriate resources to correct.



Writing for Specific Purposes


The learner will:


Organize a coherent, focused structure appropriate to purpose, audience, and context using paragraphs and transition words.

Experiment with different forms of writing.


Developing a Composition


The learner will:


Use prewriting strategies to choose a topic and generate ideas.

Elaborate main ideas through supporting details/facts, description, reasons, and narration.

Maintains voice throughout the writing.

Use available technology to design, produce, and present compositions and multimedia works.




Locating, Organizing and Using Information


The learner will:


Define the focus, formulate questions, and arrange information in an orderly manner.

Use a variety of credible sources, including technology, to collect information relevant to a topic.

Use text features to locate information.



Analyzing and Recording Information


The learner will:


Use key words to identify relevant information.

List sources of information selected for use in project (e.g., title, author, copyright, date).



Presentation of Information


The learner will:


Compose and present information in oral, written, and available technological/multi-media forms.

Paraphrase/summarize information.