Writing, Language, Listening and Speaking

Writing, Language, Listening and Speaking
Students will…
· Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, support a point of view with reasons and information
· Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information
· Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences
· Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic
· Take notes when gathering information from print/digital sources and personal experiences; categorizes information and provides a list of sources
· Demonstrate the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking
· Demonstrate the conventions of Standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing
· Determine meaning, understand, and uses grade-appropriate words, phrases, and figurative language
· Effectively engage in discussions with individuals and in a group; paraphrase when presented information
· Identify the reasons and evidence a speaker communicates to support ideas
· Speak clearly with appropriate pace, volume, and expression

Ways you can help…
· Encourage letter writing for developing a sense of voice, audience, and purpose.
· Collect your child’s favorite writing pieces in a folder or book. Read them together.
· Have your child write a persuasive note to you to explain why he/she needs a particular item.
· Coach—don't write– for your child. Question, listen, and talk about his/her writing together. Your child needs to do his/her own drafting, revising, and editing, with you serving as a coach.
· Set up a family message board.
· Work with your child to keep a writer’s notebook of observations, quotes, favorite words, and future writing ideas.
· Purchase a thesaurus and dictionary and encourage its use during revising.
· Help your child identify his/her strengths as a writer and set goals.