Lower Dauphin School District
Subject: English/Language Arts Grade Level(s): Fourth Grade
Synopsis of Curriculum
The English/Language Arts curriculum is divided into five general areas: Foundational Skills, Speaking and Listening, Reading Informational Text, Reading Literature, and Writing. Fourth grade students will learn to identify the main idea of a text, summarize the text, refer to details in the text to make inferences, and explain events, procedures, ideas or concepts and why they happened based on specific information from the text. The students will be able to compare and contrast two different texts on the same topic. The students will also learn to integrate information from two different texts to demonstrate understanding of the topic. Fourth grade students will learn to describe the theme of a text, provide relevant details to support what the text says explicitly, and, describe in depth a character, setting or event using specific details from the text. The students will learn to compare and contrast different themes, topics and pattern of events in literature including texts from different cultures. Students will write informative, explanatory, opinion and narrative pieces conveying ideas or topics clearly. The students will group related information in paragraphs and sections linking ideas within categories of information using words and phrases. When writing opinion pieces, the students will learn to use an organizational structure that groups related ideas and supports the writer’s purpose. The students will learn to write a narrative that uses dialogue and descriptions to develop experiences and events or show the characters’ responses to situations.
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