4th Grade Common Core Explanatory, Opinion, and Narrative Writing Bundle

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Adrienne Boone
Grade Levels
4th, Homeschool
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I bundled together my 4th Grade Common Core Opinion Writing, Narrative Writing, and Informative/Explanatory Lessons. All three lessons are complete with student samples, teacher instructions, brainstorm activities, graphic organizers, student checklists, extension activities, and more!

These lessons are also sold individually in my TpT store:

Common Core Narrative Writing Lesson

Common Core Opinion Writing Lesson

Common Core Informative/Explanatory Writing

**Please do not purchase this lesson if you have already purchased these lessons individually from my store, or in another bundle I sell!!**

The 4th Grade Opinion Writing Lesson:

This opinion writing lesson plan is based on the Common Core Standards. It includes teacher instructions, student instructions, a student sample, graphic organizer, and a list of possible writing topics for 4th graders. Students are introduced to a topic sentence followed by supporting reasons and examples. They are also given opinion words and phrases to help support their opinions. This easy-to-use teacher manual comes with a student sample you can show your students and mark up together. Everything you need to teach your students about opinion writing is right here! There is an extension activity that allows students to visualize opinion discussions in real-life based on the same topics they choose.

The opinion writing lesson covers these Common Core standards:





The Narrative Writing Lesson:

This lesson plan will guide 4th grade students step-by-step through writing a Common Core Narrative. It comes with specific vocabulary phrases and words that align with the Common Core Standards. Story setting, character development, plot events, sensory details, utilizing specific nouns/verbs, and much more are broken down for students. Your students will successfully navigate this important writing genre through both the story mapping and the student checklist. You won't ever want to teach narrative writing without this assignment again! There is also a neat extension activity for early finishers to give you time to confer with struggling writers.

This lesson can be used with either personal or fictional narratives.

Some of the elements included in the development and planning phases of the lesson are:

-Character development

-Setting description

-Meaningful dialogue

-Plot development

-Transition words and phrases for sequence and order of events

-Sensory Details

-Utilizing specific nouns and verbs

-Varying sentence length

-Incorporating figurative language

This narrative lesson also comes with an anchor paper to read with your students. In addition, there are comprehension questions that follow the sample narrative that your students can answer. This includes important plot elements and common core standards from the sample essay.

The narrative writing lesson covers these Common Core standards:






The Informative/Explanatory Lesson will teach your students how to properly research and write an awesome informative essay. It is complete with teacher instructions, a student sample of an essay, a list of monument topics to write about, a brainstorming section, graphic organizer, student checklist, extension activity, and oral report guidelines!

Students will select a famous monument from a detailed list. Examples include the Statue of Liberty, White House, Sydney Opera House, etc. They will find out pertinent details such as why the monument was built, when it was built, what materials were used in its construction, etc. Additionally, they will learn to use good transition words and phrases so their writing flows nicely. They will also use content-specific vocabulary that relates to their topic. In addition, students will learn to give credit to the sources (textbooks, websites, encyclopedias) where they borrowed the information. You have the option in this lesson of having your students use a direct quote/citation or just to have them paraphrase their research. There is also an oral report component if you want your students to share their monument reports aloud!

The explanatory lesson covers these Common Core standards:






These lessons are similar to my 5th grade lessons so I do not recommend buying both lesson sets.

Thank you so much for visiting my store! Please feel free to contact me with any questions. :)

Total Pages
40 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.


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