4th Grade Expectations

Reading Fluency

a.Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

b.Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.

c.Read grade-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.

d.Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.


a.Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

b. Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.

c. 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).

d.Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology

e.Make connections between the text of a story or drama and a visual or oral presentation of the text, identifying where each version reflects specific descriptions and directions in the text.

Language Usage

a.Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

b. Use relative pronouns (who, whose, whom, which, that) and relative adverbs (where, when, why).

c. Form and use the progressive (e.g., I was walking; I am walking; I will be walking) verb tenses.\

d. Use modal auxiliaries (e.g., can, may, must) to convey various conditions.

e. Order adjectives within sentences according to conventional patterns (e.g., a small red bag rather than a red small bag).

f. Form and use prepositional phrases

g.Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.

h. Choose words and phrases to convey ideas precisely.

i. Choose punctuation for effect


a.Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

b.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.

c. Provide reasons that are supported by facts and details.

d.Link opinion and reasons using words and phrases (e.g., for instance, in order to, in addition).

e.Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented.

f. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

g. 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.

h. Develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.

i.Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

j.Orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.

k.Use a variety of transitional words and phrases to manage the sequence of events.

l. Provide a conclusion that follows from the narrated experiences or events

Oral Language

a. Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own

b. Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and carry out assigned roles.

c. Pose and respond to specific questions to clarify or follow up on information, and make comments that contribute to the discussion and link to the remarks of others.

d. Paraphrase portions of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

e. Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace

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