Writer's Workshop

  • Fourth Grade Writing Standards and Student Writing Checklists


    Text Types and Purposes:

    • W.4.1. Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
      • Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which related ideas are grouped to support the writer’s purpose.
      • Provide reasons that are supported by facts and details.
      • Link opinion and reasons using words and phrases (e.g., for instance, in order to, in addition).
      • Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented.


    • W.4.2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
      • Introduce a topic clearly and group related information in paragraphs and sections; include formatting (e.g., headings), illustrations, and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
      • Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.
      • Link ideas within categories of information using words and phrases (e.g., another, for example, also, because).
      • Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
      • Provide a concluding statement or section related to the information or explanation presented.


    • W.4.3. Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
      • Orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.
      • Use dialogue and description to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.
      • Use a variety of transitional words and phrases to manage the sequence of events.
      • Use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely.
      • Provide a conclusion that follows from the narrated experiences or events.


    Production and Distribution of Writing:

    • W.4.4. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.)
    • W.4.5. With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.
    • W.4.6. With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of one page in a single sitting.


    Research to Build and Present Knowledge:

    • W.4.7. Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.
    • W.4.8. Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; take notes and categorize information, and provide a list of sources.
    • W.4.9. Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
      • Apply grade 4 Reading standards to literature (e.g., “Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text [e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions].”).
      • Apply grade 4 Reading standards to informational texts (e.g., “Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text”).


    Range of Writing:

    • W.4.10. Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

    4th Grade Common Core Language Arts/Writing Standards

Student Writing Checklists