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.