Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Fourth grade language: Creative writing

Fourth grade language arts: Creative writing
Where writing is concerned we have already looked at persuasive paragraphs which are used to convince the reader about something, and informative paragraphs, which are intended to teach or inform. The third type of paragraph your fourth grader will need to know how to write is the creative or narrative type of paragraph. These paragraphs tell a story and are often the type of paragraphs that have been encouraged in journal writing to this point. Your child will be expected to tell a story, with a beginning, a middle, and an end. The paragraph usually flows in a chronological order. By being creative in nature they are not usually factual, but can be. Sometimes these type of paragraphs have topics like, “What I did on my summer vacation”. Other times these paragraphs will be complete fictional. This is the case with stories. Creative writing is the opportunity for your child to spread their wings and expand their abilities. To make creative paragraphs more interesting it is important that your child use adjectives, adverbs, metaphors, descriptive phrases, and other writing devices. While there is a formula to this type of writing it is usually less strict than other forms of paragraphs we have discussed already. Help your child have fun with this form of writing by encouraging them to try devices they don’t usually use.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Fourth grade language arts: Informative paragraph

Fourth grade language arts: Informative paragraph
Your fourth grade student will be expected to be able to write three different types of paragraphs. One of those is the informative paragraph. The most important part of on informative paragraph is the relaying of information. One way for you student to begin this assignment is to take the topic given them and brainstorm as much as they know about the subject. Have them write a list of what they know. If the list of what they know regarding a certain topic is a little short, then have them research the topic, either through books, or the internet. Then it is time for the student to begin writing. The first sentence should basically identify what the paragraph will be about. The center two to four sentences should tell about the facts your child knew or researched. It is important that your child use factual information and stick to the topic. Finally, the conclusion sentence will draw the information all together. Informative paragraphs are about sharing information. It is possible to expand this format to learn how to write the informative essay, which is from three to five paragraphs long for this age group. The first paragraph will introduce the reader to the topic, the interim paragraphs will each contain a fact and supportive evidence, and the final paragraph will pull the other paragraphs together in conclusion. Best of luck with this endeavor!