Year 4 Writing

General
  • What’s a graphic organizer? You find examples in most of the Write Source books we are using, and here’s a GREAT site to bookmark for all your graphic organizing needs. Graphic Organizers on Tap!
  • If you would like to make personalized graphic organizers, click here.
  • This site can be used as you are teaching or reviewing the parts of speech. You’ll find matching, concentration, flash cards, and a word search.
  • Interactive Graphic Organizers
  • Or, click here for another grammar game.
  • Make online crossword puzzles here or here. These are great for reviewing vocabulary!
  • Daily Grammar. Excellent site!
  • At the right is a picture one of our users sent in of the sentence pocket suggested in Marcia’s introductory notes. Click on the picture to see all the details up very close!

SAT Preparation:

Evaluations and Rubrics:

  • Lisa has contributed this great link for evaluating writing for grades 2-5. This is an interactive rubric for the student to use as a checklist.
  • Click here to evaluate writing for grades 6-8. Another great interactive student checklist!
  • I recommend you show a student his grading rubric (or better yet, have him help you develop one!) before he starts his project or writing assignment. Click here to develop rubrics automatically from this site for most types of evaluations!
Unit 1 – Casting Off the Moorings

Week 1: Dawn of the Twentieth Century

  • Level 1: Click here for some neat online activities as you are teaching nouns. Use next week too!
  • Level 2: Parts of grammar
  • Levels 3-7: For reviewing the steps in the writing process, click here.
  • Levels 8-11: More advanced explanation of steps in the writing process.

Week 2: The Progressive Era

Week 3: Wilson’s Reforms & Europe’s War

Week 4: Deadlock and Death

  • Levels 4-6: Want to use level-appropriate sentences from the Bible for dictation? Click here.
  • Levels 4-12: If you are beginning to learn or review prepositions this week in grammar, click here for a crossword puzzle here that will reinforce this knowledge.
  • Levels 4-12: Preposition Wordsearch
  • Levels 5-8: Descriptive Writing
  • Levels 10-11: More advanced cluster diagram for oldest students.

Week 5: America Mobilizes & Russia Revolts

Week 6: Winning the War & Losing the Peace

  • Levels 3, 6, 9: Learn how to write plays from the Scholastic website

Week 7: Postwar America

Week 8: America’s Roaring 20’s & Russia’s Stalin

  • Level 1: Coloring page of Warren G. Harding
  • Level 2: For further help with learning the steps of the writing process, click here.
  • Levels 3, 6, 9: Learn how to write plays from the Scholastic website.
  • Level 11: Go to these sites for helps and practice college application essays:

Week 9: American Ballyhoo & Hitler’s Early Career

Unit 2 – Depression and Destruction

Week 10: Bull Market and Black Market

Week 11: Crash! The Great Depression in America

Week 12: FDR and the New Deal

Week 13: Aggression and Appeasement

Week 14: Blitzkrieg!

Week 15: World-Wide War

Week 16: Unconditional Surrender

Week 17: Hot War to Cold War

Week 18: A Jewish Homeland

  • No links for this week.
Unit 3 – Conformity to Counterculture

Week 19: India’s Independence

  • Level 1: Cluster diagram (pdf file)
  • Level 2: Samples of Aesop’s fables to show students in pre-writing phase
  • Great site: all the Aesop’s Fables you’ll ever need! All ages, but supervision is recommended. (We’ve not previewed this entire site, and it seems that stories from other sources are also posted.)

Week 20: China’s Revolution

  • Level 1: Cluster diagram (pdf file)
  • Level 2: Samples of Aesop’s fables to show students in pre-writing phase
  • Great site: all the Aesop’s Fables you’ll ever need! All ages, but supervision is recommended. (We’ve not previewed this entire site, and it seems that stories from other sources are also posted.)

Week 21: Truman: Korea & the Red Scare

  • Level 1: Cluster diagram (pdf file)
  • Level 2: Samples of Aesop’s fables to show students in pre-writing phase
  • Great site: all the Aesop’s Fables you’ll ever need! All ages, but supervision is recommended. (We’ve not previewed this entire site, and it seems that stories from other sources are also posted.)

Week 22: Eisenhower’s Oasis

  • Level 1: Cluster diagram (pdf file)
  • Level 2: Samples of Aesop’s fables to show students in pre-writing phase
  • Great site: all the Aesop’s Fables you’ll ever need! All ages, but supervision is recommended. (We’ve not previewed this entire site, and it seems that stories from other sources are also posted.)

Week 23: Conformity and Change

  • Level 1: Cluster diagram (pdf file)
  • Level 2: Samples of Aesop’s fables to show students in pre-writing phase
  • Great site: all the Aesop’s Fables you’ll ever need! All ages, but supervision is recommended. (We’ve not previewed this entire site, and it seems that stories from other sources are also posted.)

Week 24: Kennedy’s New Frontiers

Week 25: Camelot and Crisis

Week 26: Johnson’s Great Society

Week 27: A Nation in Distress

Unit 4 – The Postmodern World

Week 28: Nixon: Détente and Watergate

Week 29: Ford’s Integrity

Week 30: Carter’s Malaise

Week 31: Reagan’s Revolution

Week 32: G.H.W. Bush’s New World Order

Week 33: Clinton’s Lost Opportunity

Week 34: George W. Bush: War on Terror

Week 35: Obama: Hope and Change?

Week 36: Reflections and Revelation