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Scope & Sequence - Writing & Thinking for Grade 4

1. WRITING A MESSAGE FOR A TIME CAPSULE

(Exposition)

A Group Unit


Writing Objective: Writing an exposition: informing next year’s students about the class

Thinking Objective: Evaluating and selecting experiences that explain life in the fourth grade

Performance Rubric: Demonstrates familiarity with the elements of the writing process

 

2. REMEMBERING A SPECIAL EVENT

(Personal Narrative)


Writing Objective: Writing a personal narrative: informing others of an important event

Thinking Objective: Analyzing how and why an event is important

Performance Rubric: Describes importance of event; Recounts what happened, where, and others involved; Clearly expresses feelings and thoughts during event

 

3. DESCRIBING A HIDING PLACE

(Descriptive Exposition)

Writing Objective: Writing a descriptive exposition: informing others about a special place and its importance

Thinking Objective: Selecting sensory details; combining them with emotional reactions to describe a place

Performance Rubric: Reader can picture hiding place and its size, shape, smells, sounds, and texture; Tells why place is special; Describes feelings in hiding place

 

4. WRITING DIRECTIONS TO EXPLAIN

(Exposition)

Writing Objective: Writing an exposition: explaining a procedure

Thinking Objective: Sequencing the steps in a set of directions

Performance Rubric: Presents clear, concise directions; Includes detail; Correctly sequences steps; Accurately describes each action; Reader can follow directions

 

5. WRITING A PERSUASIVE LETTER

(Persuasion)

Writing Objective: Writing an exposition: persuading others to agree to a request

Thinking Objective: Analyzing a situation and identifying evidence to support an argument

Performance Rubric: States a request and supporting reasons; Anticipates and adequately responds to objections; Logically organizes argument

 

6. WRITING NEWS STORY

(Narrative Report)

Writing Objective: Writing a narrative report: informing others about an event

Thinking Objective: Selecting and organizing details about an event

Performance Rubric: Thoroughly retells event; Answers all applicable 5W and How questions accurately and completely; Organizes story in news format; May include one or two relevant details surrounding event