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4th Grade Writing Lesson Plans

*****Please note: If you are using the new Just Write: Expository (2011) edition please follow the lesson plans below.  However, if you are using the original Expository manual please click here for lesson plans specific to that binder.

For the narrative and language arts lesson plans please scroll down. 

Lesson Plans Overview

Week 1 of School

Writing Lessons: Just Write: Expository book: Week 1
(Expository vs. Narrative)

Ongoing Lessons:

  1. (During Reading Time or any time other than Writing Workshop): plot a story on Narrative Graphic Organizer to prepare them for narrative instruction which will begin in 12 weeks.  Common Core Standard: RL.4.3
  2. Two days per week students line up to go to P.E., Art, Music, lunch, etc by naming a specific type of a generic noun that students will use at writing time.  For example, this week’s word/details will be about:
    Types of cereal (e.g. Kellogg’s ‘Special K’ cereal)
    Common Core Standard: L.4.3a

Day #1:

  • Expository 45-minute test
  • Display the Daily Prompt.  Discuss: genre, topic, & brainstorm ideas.
  • Lesson: Differences between expository & narrative writing.

Day #2:

  • Narrative 45-minute test
  • Display the Daily Prompt.  Discuss: genre, topic, & brainstorm ideas.
  • Lesson: Review the parts of an essay.

Day #3:

  • Display the Daily Prompt.  Discuss: genre, topic, & brainstorm ideas.
  • Lesson: Review the parts of an essay.

Day #4: 

  • Display the Daily Prompt.  Discuss: genre, topic, & brainstorm ideas.
  • Lesson: Concept of a paragraph's main idea sentence.

Day #5: 

  • Display the Daily Prompt.  Discuss: genre, topic, & brainstorm ideas.
  • Lesson: Journal-writing

Mandatory Writing Support

Just Science Grammar: Grade 4 book: Week 1 (Declarative & Interrogative sentences) Common Core Standard: L.4.1f

Week 2 of School

Writing Lessons: Just Write: Expository book (2011 edition):
(Brainstorming Topics & Grouping Details into Main Ideas)
Common Core Standard: W.4.2a & W.4.2b
 

Ongoing Lessons:

  1. (During Reading Time or any time other than Writing Workshop): plot a story on Narrative Graphic Organizer to prepare them for narrative instruction which will begin in several weeks. Common Core Standard: RL.4.3
  2. Three-four days per week students line up to go to P.E., Art, Music, lunch, etc by naming a specific type of a generic noun that students will use at writing time.  For example, this week’s word/details will be about:
    Types of cars (e.g. Honda Civic)
    Common Core Standard: L.4.3a

Days #1- 5:

  • Display the Daily Prompt.  Discuss: genre, topic, & brainstorm ideas.
  • Lesson: Brainstorming & Grouping Ideas - Common Core Standard: W.4.2a
  • Journal Elaboration: first idea  - Common Core Standard: W.4.2b

Comment: After this week, continuing practicing these skills in science, social studies, or reading.  Students will need more experience with grouping details into main ideas.

Mandatory Writing Support

Just Science Grammar Grade 4 book: Week 2 (Exclamatory & Imperative Sentences) - Common Core Standard: L.4.1f

Just Conventions book: Week 1 (Beginning punctuation) - Common Core Standard: L.4.2a

Week 3 of School
(Non-Florida Teachers: move on to the Week 4 of School's Information)

Writing Lessons: Just Write: Expository book (2011 edition):
Appendix A (for Florida Teachers)
(Working with a Prompt)

Ongoing Lessons:

  1. (During Reading Time or any time other than Writing Workshop): plot a story on Narrative Graphic Organizer to prepare them for narrative instruction which will begin in several weeks.  Common Core Standard: RL.4.3
  2. Three-four days per week students line up to go to P.E., Art, Music, lunch, etc by naming a specific type of a generic noun that students will use at writing time.  For example, this week’s word/details will be about:
    Types of Trees (e.g. Oak tree, Apple tree, etc.)
    Common Core Standard: L.4.3a
  3. Continuing practicing brainstorming and grouping details in science, social studies, or reading into main ideas. Common Core Standard: W.4.2a
  4. As daily morning work, students should take a prompt; brainstorm; develop main ideas; write a lead sentence.

Days #1-2:

  • Setting up a prompt.
  • Daily Sentence Work
    • Sentences #1 - 2: Common Core Standard: L.4.1f and L.4.2a
    • Sentences #3: Common Core Standard: L.4.1f and L.4.2b
    • Remaining Tasks: Common Core Standard: L.4.3a and L.4.6

Day #3:

  • Setting up a prompt, brainstorming, & grouping information.
  • Daily Sentence Work
    • Sentences #1 - 2: Common Core Standard: L.4.1f and L.4.2a
    • Sentences #3: Common Core Standard: L.4.1f and L.4.2b
    • Remaining Tasks: Common Core Standard: L.4.3a and L.4.6

Day #4-5:

  • Steps for setting up a prompt.
  • Daily Sentence Work
    • Sentences #1 - 2: Common Core Standard: L.4.1f and L.4.2a
    • Sentences #3: Common Core Standard: L.4.1f and L.4.2b
    • Remaining Tasks: Common Core Standard: L.4.3a and L.4.6

Mandatory Writing Support

Just Science Grammar Grade 4 book: Week 3 (Compound Predicates; Simple & Compound Subjects) -   Common Core Standard: L.4.1f

Just Conventions book: Week 2 (Beginning & Ending punctuation) - Common Core Standard: L.4.2a

Week 4 of School

Writing Lessons: Just Write: Expository book
(Organizing Main Ideas into a Graphic Organizer; Developing Simple Leads: Analyzing Missing Information)

Ongoing Lessons:

  1. (During Reading Time or any time other than Writing Workshop): plot a story on Narrative Graphic Organizer to prepare them for narrative instruction which will begin in several weeks.  Common Core Standard: RL.4.3
  2. Three-four days per week students line up to go to P.E., Art, Music, lunch, etc by naming a specific type of a generic noun that students will use at writing time.  For example, this week’s word/details will be about:
    Names of Streets (e.g. Main Street, Oliver Street, etc.)
    Common Core Standard: L.4.3a
  3. Continuing practicing brainstorming and grouping details in science, social studies, or reading into main ideas. Common Core Standard: W.4.2a
  4. As daily morning work, students should take a prompt; brainstorm; develop main ideas; write a lead sentence.

Days #1-4:

  • Brainstorming
  • Fine-tuning the Brainstorming. Common Core Standard: W.4.2a
  • Writing a lead/topic sentence
  • Share leads - Common Core Standard: W.4.5

Day #5:

  • Analyzing a main idea paragraph for missing information. Common Core Standard: W.4.5
  • Elaborating one idea. Common Core Standard: W.4.2b
  • Share writing. Common Core Standard: W.4.5

Daily Sentence Work:

  • Sentences #1 - 2: Common Core Standard: L.4.1f and L.4.2a
  • Sentences #3: Common Core Standard: L.4.1f and L.4.2b
  • Remaining Tasks: Common Core Standard: W.4.2a

Mandatory Writing Support

Just Science Grammar Grade 4 book: Week 5 (Coordinating Conjunctions) - Common Core Standard: L.4.2c

Just Conventions book: Week 3 (Quotations) - Common Core Standard: L.4.2b

Week 5 of School

Writing Lessons: Just Write: Expository book
(Introductory Paragraph)

Ongoing Lessons:

  1. (During Reading Time or any time other than Writing Workshop): plot a story on Narrative Graphic Organizer to prepare them for narrative instruction which will begin in several weeks.  Common Core Standard: RL.4.3
  2. Three-four days per week students line up to go to P.E., Art, Music, lunch, etc by naming a specific type of a generic noun that students will use at writing time.  For example, this week’s word/details will be about:
    Types of Candy (e.g. Wrigley's gum, Milky Way chocolate bar, etc.)
    Common Core Standard: L.4.3a
  3. Continuing practicing brainstorming and grouping details in science, social studies, or reading into main ideas. Common Core Standard: W.4.2a
  4. As daily morning work, students should take a prompt; brainstorm; develop main ideas; write a lead sentence.
  5. Repeat the journal writing activity from the Week 1 of school.

Days #1-5:

  • Writing Creative Leads.
  • Adding the main ideas to the introductory paragraph.
  • Share writing. Common Core Standard: W.4.5

Daily Sentence Work:

  • Sentences #1 - 2: Common Core Standard: L.4.1f and L.4.2a
  • Sentences #3: Common Core Standard: L.4.1f and L.4.2b
  • Remaining Tasks: Common Core Standard: W.4.2b

Mandatory Writing Support

Just Science Grammar Grade 4 book: Week 6 (Nouns)

Just Conventions book: Week 4 (Direct Address & Quotations)  - Common Core Standard: L.4.2b

Week 6 of School

Writing Lessons: Just Write: Expository book
(Introductory Paragraphs; Transitional Phrases)

Ongoing Lessons:

  1. (During Reading Time or any time other than Writing Workshop): plot a story on Narrative Graphic Organizer to prepare them for narrative instruction which will begin in several weeks.  Common Core Standard: RL.4.3
  2. Three-four days per week students line up to go to P.E., Art, Music, lunch, etc by naming a specific type of a generic noun that students will use at writing time.  For example, this week’s word/details will be about:
    Types of Soup (e.g. Campbell's tomato soup, etc.)
    Common Core Standard: L.4.3a
  3. Continuing practicing brainstorming and grouping details in science, social studies, or reading into main ideas. Common Core Standard: W.4.2a
  4. As daily morning work, students should take a prompt; brainstorm; develop main ideas; write a lead sentence.
  5. Repeat the journal writing activity from the Week 1 of school.

Comment:

  • I recommend copying and laminating about 30 prompts from Appendix.  Number these prompts from #1-30.  Any student having difficulty writing an introductory paragraph should choose a new prompt every morning and write an introductory paragraph.
  • By now, students should be able to explain:
    • The difference between the expository and narrative genres.
    • The vocabulary that indicates whether a prompt is expository or not.
    • The name of the paragraphs in an essay.
    • 7-10 different leads
    • List details for any topic.

Days #1-4: 

  • Display and discuss an example of a high-level writer’s introductory paragraph.
  • Promote creativity in writing introductory paragraphs
  • Share the paragraphs. Common Core Standard: W.4.5

Day#5:

  • Display and discuss an example of a high-level writer’s introductory paragraph.
  • Promote creativity in writing introductory paragraphs
  • Share the paragraphs.
  • Display & discuss expository Transitional Phrase List.  Make sure that the transitions are appropriately used by each student.
  • Students write the main idea sentence for each body part paragraph.

Daily Sentence Work:

  • Sentences #1 - 2: Common Core Standard: L.4.1f and L.4.2a
  • Sentences #3: Common Core Standard: L.4.1f and L.4.2b
  • Remaining Tasks: Common Core Standard: W.4.2a

Mandatory Writing Support

Just Science Grammar Grade 4 book: Week 7 (Common & Proper Nouns)

Just Conventions book: Week 5 (Proper Nouns)

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