Language Arts Grade 4
Unit: Language Conventions: Grammar, Capitalization and Punctuation
Purposes: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English.
Essential Questions: How do we communicate? Why are there standard English conventions?

Description:
Students learn and apply conventions of standard English through Daily Language Review, focused explicit instruction, games and activities, editing conferences, and use of editing checklists.



Desired Results

Common Core State Standards

Language Standards
LS1. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
a. Use relative pronouns (who, whose, whom,which, that) and relative adverbs (where,when, why).
b. Form and use the progressive (e.g., I was walking; I am walking; I will be walking) verb tenses.
c. Use modal auxiliaries (e.g., can, may, must) to convey various conditions.
d. Order adjectives within sentences according to conventional patterns (e.g., a small red bag rather than a red small bag).
e. Form and use prepositional phrases.
f. Produce complete sentences, recognizing and correcting inappropriate fragments and run-ons.*
g. Correctly use frequently confused words (e.g., to, too, two; there, their).*

LS2. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
a. Use correct capitalization.
b. Use commas and quotation marks to mark direct speech and quotations from a text.
c. Use a comma before a coordinating conjunction in a compound sentence.
d. Spell grade-appropriate words correctly, consulting references as needed.

CT Grade Level Expectations

  • Use capitalization, punctuation, and usage rules from previous grades.
  • Capitalize important words in a title of a book or article.
  • Capitalize abbreviations correctly
  • Use resources to correct capitalization.
  • Use comma to set off titles or initials
  • Use comma in complete address
  • Use comma after an introductory phrase
  • Use italics, underlining, or quotation marks for titles.
  • Use colon after greeting in a business letter.
  • Use single/plural agreement between nouns and modifiers
  • Logically use conjunctions
  • Use correct placement of pronouns (John and me, John and I)

NETS for Students
1. Creativity and Innovation
Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. Students:
b. create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
Connecticut Mastery Test Objectives
Writing: Editing and Revising
Understandings
Essential Questions
-We communicate through pictures, words, and symbols.


-Standard English conventions help us to communicate more clearly what we are trying to say.
How do we communicate?

Why are there standard English conventions?


Knowledge:

The student will know...
Skills:

The students will be able to...
capitalization rules
correct punctuation
correct placement of pronouns
correct use of commas
correct use of quotation marks
correct use of italics, quotation marks, underlining for titles
resources to support editing
capitalize
use (standard English conventions)


Content Vocabulary
capitalization
editing
commas
punctuation
pronouns
colon
quotation marks
exclamation mark
conjunction
italics
abbreviations


Assessment Evidence
Performance Tasks


Grammar will be an integral component in performance
tasks across the curriculum.
Formative Assessments

Weekly Daily Language Quiz
Editing Paragraph
Writing samples
Blue Ribbon Editing and Revising
CMT

Summative Assessments
Blue Ribbon Editing and Revising
CMT

Student Self-Assessments
Editing Checklists

Learning Plan
Resources

Daily Language Review grades 3 and 4 by Evan Moor
Grammar and Punctuation grades 3 and 4 by Evan Moor
Grammar grades 3/4 by Instructional Fair

Online Activities and Games

Anchor Activities
Create a class editing checklist. Add to it as you learn new skills or provide the editing checklist for the students. Use the editing checklist to edit/proofread work for publishing.
Writing Essentials by Regie Routman
Daily Editing Activities
Class Meeting Message - Edit it together
Daily Language Review practice
Pull out and explicitly teach skills as they appear in the daily editing activities.
Grammar and Punctuation grades 3 and 4 by Evan MoorGrammar grades 3/4 by Instructional Fair
Online Activities and Games
CMT Editing and Revising Practice
Empowering Writers
Blue Ribbon practice tests
Grammar Activities
Grammar Videos
Grammar Foldables
Online Activities and Games