4th Grade Writing 

4th Grade - Writing

By the end of the school year, students are expected to:

  • Write on a daily basis
  • Write for larger amounts of time (40-60 minutes).
  • Select best pieces of writing and tell reasons for selecting.
  • Offer suggestions to classmates about how to improve writing.
  • Write personal and make-believe stories, each with a beginning, a middle, and an ending.
  • Use the writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing.
  • Proofread/edit writing to check spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
  • Revise what is written by adding and/or deleting information to make it clear, organized, and logical.
  • Write narratives with sufficient, related detail.
  • Write a descriptive paper with a focused main idea and supporting detail.
  • Know and understand that main idea, supporting detail, organization, and coherence are the criteria upon which the stories are scored (rubric):

Score 4:

  • Focused main idea
  • Sequencing of events
  • Well elaborated
  • Sense of overall completeness

Score 3:

  • Like a 4 paper, but has one or two minor weaknesses

Score 2:

  • Some sequenced events
  • Some elaboration which may be flawed
  • May have a list-like quality
  • Ideas and details not connected

Score 1:

  • No control of ideas and details
  • Sparse details
  • Lacks clarity


  • Blank response
  • Entirely illegible
  • Written in a foreign language
  • Restates the prompt