Fourth Grade Newsletter
This week we are continuing our work on narrative fiction. Here are some strategies we will focus on:
- Readers often look back on their books to cement their comprehension. They retell, the part of the book they just read. Then, go back and summarize the earlier parts that relate to just that part.
- Readers read intensely, and not just with their eyes. Readers use everything-- the images, the mood, the sounds-- to make movies in their minds as they read.
- Readers use the learning progressions to compare what 3rd graders did to what 4th grade readers do and set goals
Last week we generated tons of ideas for narrative writing. This week we will start developing seed story ideas. Students will learn that all the tools they used to revise and edit their last piece of writing can now become part of what they naturally always do from the beginning of writing. To get to the heart of the story students will ask themselves, "What is this story REALLY about?" Finally we will study great authors like Pam Munoz Ryan, Roald Dahl, or Jane Yolen to learn writing tricks and improve our own work.
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