Fourth Grade students have been writing a constructed response nearly each week, during the second trimester. They read a short article, consider the prompting question, plan their ideas using evidence from the text, and draft an one-paragraph response.
To begin this form of writing, I modeled the whole process (reading the text, highlighting or underlining evidence to support my answer, planning, and then writing my response.)
It is important for students to understand what it means to "construct" an essay or response. So, we spent a great deal of time talking about the art of building your ideas, while using evidence directly from the text. Students and I conference each week, and we score the pieces together! Click on the Rubric image to get one for FREE!
Students have read science articles, texts about the writing process, and are now moving onto persuasive articles!
Here are some examples of the Text Features fourth graders are learning about, with regard to reading nonfiction texts.
Students look for common text features for nonfiction, such as the way the text is organized (examples on the blue chart), print features, graphic features, and illustration features.
Students will also be learning more about common text structures for nonfiction.
The purpose of a nonfiction text may be: to provide description, a definition, to show sequence or chronology, it may be to compare and contrast a concept, to show cause and effect, or to show problem and solution.
Students will learn the definitions of each, how to use signal words to determine each, and will use prompting questions to guide their search.
The yellow graphics show Description structures:
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