Everybody's Write
4th grade English and Language Arts

California Content Standards
English and Language Arts
Grade Four
Writing
ELA.4.1.0 Writing Strategies
Organization and Focus
ELA.4.1.1. Select a focus, an organizational structure, and a point of view based upon purpose, audience, length, and format requirements.
ELA.4.1.2. Create multiple-paragraph compositions:
a. Provide an introductory paragraph.
b. Establish and support a central idea with a topic sentence at or near the beginning of the first paragraph.
c. Include supporting paragraphs with simple facts, details, and explanations.
d. Conclude with a paragraph that summarizes the points.
e. Use correct indention.
ELA.4.1.3. Use traditional structures for conveying information (e.g., chronological order, cause and effect, similarity and difference, and posing and answering a question).
Penmanship
ELA.4.1.4. Write fluidly and legibly in cursive or joined italic.
Evaluation and Revision
ELA.4.1.10. Edit and revise selected drafts to improve coherence and progression by adding, deleting, consolidating, and rearranging text.
Written and Oral English Language Conventions
ELA.4.1.0 Written and Oral English Language Conventions
Sentence Structure
ELA.4.1.1. Use simple and compound sentences in writing and speaking.
Grammar
ELA.4.1.3. Identify and use regular and irregular verbs, adverbs, prepositions, and coordinating conjunctions in writing and speaking.
Punctuation
ELA.4.1.4. Use parentheses, commas in direct quotations, and apostrophes in the possessive case of nouns and in contractions.
ELA.4.1.5. Use underlining, quotation marks, or italics to identify titles.
Capitalization
ELA.4.1.6. Capitalize names of magazines, newspapers, works of art, musical compositions, organizations, and the first word in quotations when appropriate.
Spelling
ELA.4.1.7. Spell correctly roots, inflections, suffixes and prefixes, and syllable constructions.
Listening and Speaking
ELA.4.1.0 Listening and Speaking Strategies
Comprehension
ELA.4.1.1. Ask thoughtful questions and respond to relevant questions with appropriate elaboration in oral settings.
Organization and Delivery of Oral Communication
ELA.4.1.6. Use traditional structures for conveying information (e.g., cause and effect, similarity and difference, and posing and answering a question).
ELA.4.1.7. Emphasize points in ways that help the listener or viewer to follow important ideas and concepts.
ELA.4.1.8. Use details, examples, anecdotes, or experiences to explain or clarify information.
ELA.4.1.9. Use volume, pitch, phrasing, pace, modulation, and gestures appropriately to enhance meaning.
Written and Oral English Language Conventions
ELA.4.1.0 Written and Oral English Language Conventions
Sentence Structure
ELA.4.1.2. Combine short, related sentences with appositives, participial phrases, adjectives, adverbs, and prepositional phrases.