4 Square Writing Approach for SLPs

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Grade Levels
4th - 12th
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Use this packet to teach the 4-square approach to writing and all of the skills necessary in order for students to become successful with this approach! This packet explains the writing strategy and how to implement the different building blocks of skills. It's Common Core-aligned, too!


What awesome resources are included?

★ Topic vs. Supporting Detail Sort: Students must sort the topics into one category and the supporting details into another to recognize which is which. Then, they can sort the details that go with each topic. A review worksheet is provided.

★ Guess the Topic: Each card has a 4-square with the details completed. Students must express the topic using the details provided. If they respond accurately, they can hold onto their cards. Each card has a point value. At the end of the game, students can add up their points to determine a winner. A review worksheet is provided.

★ Let’s Express a Wrap-Up Sentence: On each card a topic and three details are provided. Students must use the visual provided to express a wrap-up sentence. Once they respond accurately, they can hold onto their cards. If they pick the “lose a turn” card, they will lose a turn. The student with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner. A review worksheet is provided.

★ Transition Words Sort: Using the 4-Square visual provided. Students must determine in which “box” each transition word would work best.

★ Let’s Add Even More Information: Several worksheets are included so students can get practice adding information or specific details into each “paragraph” box or under each detail category. They can use the model on the visual provided.

★ Using Vivid Language Practice: Using the model on the visual provided, students will practice writing “like what?” lists to describe the objects and events.

★ Practice Writing Using a 4-Square: Two levels are included. A completed 4-square is provided. Students must use their understanding to write a paragraph or an essay using the information provided in the graphic organizer on the lines provided.


What are other customers saying about this product?

"4 square writing is the best thing ever!! My kids really understand how to formulate a paragraph now, and then later a 5 paragraph essay!"

"I haven't used this with my class yet, but we do use 4-square. We will begin using transition words in a couple of weeks. I look forward to using that piece of your unit in our center time. Thanks!"

"One of my previous speech and language students had a goal written from his previous SLP which specifically mentioned the 4-square writing method. Unfortunately, at the time, I had no idea what the 4-square writing method was. After purchasing the Scholastic 4-square writing approach book at a thrift store (lucky find!) I think it will also be great to have this product to go along with it! It puts it into more SLP friendly terms and includes graphic organizers. Thanks!"


Want other SLP resources? Check these out:

SLP Strategies Based on Common Core Standards

Spring Graphic Organizers for SLPs

English and Spanish Vocabulary Activities for SLPs


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