Q4, W1

TeacherLauren Griffin
Subject AreaELA
Grade Level4
Week #1
Unit of InstructionFSA Writing Preparation
Standard(s) Taught

LAFS.4.W.2.4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

LAFS.4.W.2.5: With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

For writing we will be focusing on the following this week:

  • use organizational/formatting structures (graphic organizers) to develop their writing ideas.
  • compose a clear and logical piece of writing that demonstrates their understanding of a specific writing style.
  • recognize that a well-developed piece of writing requires more than one draft.
  • edit their writing by checking for errors in capitalization, punctuation, grammar, spelling, etc.
  • prepare multiple drafts using revisions and edits to develop and strengthen their writing.
Classroom Activities

FSA Writing Preparation:

*Students will plan and write an opinion essay in response to the following prompt: Some schools are deciding not to have spring break in favor of ending the school year early for summer break. Which do you think is better: have a week off for spring break or skip spring break and begin summer break earlier?  

*I-Ready Reading

*Read and Respond

*Students will practice skills that are essential to writing effective essays.  These skills include: writing hooks, properly utilizing transitions/linking words, providing evidence to support their ideas, citing evidence from pieces of text, writing strong conclusions, and editing their work.

*PowerPoint presentation and class discussion of an FSA Writing Guide.

*Practice FSA Writing Prompt: Mandatory Uniforms? (Opinion Essay)

*Practice FSA Writing Prompt: Second Languages in School (Opinion Essay)

*Practice FSA Writing Prompt: Natural Disasters (Informative Essay)

*Wednesday: Writing Rotations 


Assignments Due

Homework (Monday-Thursday): Read and Respond

*No spelling test this week.*

*All essays will be completed in class as preparation for the FSA Writing.  This test is scheduled for Tuesday, April 2nd.


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