Fortunately, 4th grade is full of opportunities for your child to fine-tune her skills and boost her vocabulary and comprehension.
The emphasis on reading good books helps — and may even inspire your 9 year old in her own creative endeavors.
For example, your child’s teacher might point out alliteration, onomatopoeia, metaphors, and similes in works of fiction.
Poetry can be used to show surprising word choices, voice, and unusual punctuation.
The curriculum is still largely devoted to writing in different genres.
Cumulative work in “small moment” personal narratives, nonfiction reports (note-taking is introduced), persuasive essays — even how-tos — all teach children how to take their own thoughts, synthesize them into a main idea backed by facts or other details, and organize the work.
After reading several letters, children may be asked to write one themselves.
Typical Stumbling Blocks Although teachers work hard to win over reluctant writers with interesting assignments, writing can still be a struggle.
Students are also given a timed exercise in which they must write in response to a prompt — either a short passage of text, a poem, or an illustration.
For scoring purposes, answers are viewed as first drafts, not polished writing.