4th Grade National Language Arts Standards

Achieve100’s Study Cards and Practice Tests support these National Language Arts Standards for 4th Grade.

4th Grade National Language Arts Standards

4th Grade Foundational Reading Skills Standards

  • Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
  • Use combined knowledge of all letter-sound correspondences, syllabication patterns, and morphology to read accurately unfamiliar multisyllabic words in context and out of context.
  • Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • Read on-level text with purpose and understanding.
  • Read on-level prose and poetry orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.
  • Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.

4th Grade Reading Standards for Literature

  • Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
  • Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
  • Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text.
  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text.
  • By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, in the grades 4–5 text complexity band proficiently.

4th Grade Reading Standards for Informational Text

  • Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
  • Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
  • Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.
  • Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.
  • By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4–5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

4th Grade Language Standards

Achieve100 supports these speaking and writing standards by helping students understand the respective words, meanings and use in literature and informational text.

  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
    • Use relative pronouns and relative adverbs.
    • Form and use the progressive verb tenses.
    • Use modal auxiliaries to convey various conditions.
    • Order adjectives within sentences according to conventional patterns.
    • Form and use prepositional phrases.
    • Produce complete sentences, recognizing and correcting inappropriate fragments and run-ons.
    • Correctly use frequently confused words.
  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
    • Use correct capitalization.
    • Use commas and quotation marks to mark direct speech and quotations from a text.
    • Use a comma before a coordinating conjunction in a compound sentence.
    • Spell grade-appropriate words correctly, consulting references as needed.
  • Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
    • Choose words and phrases to convey ideas precisely.
    • Choose punctuation for effect.
  • Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 4 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
    • Use context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
    • Use common, grade-appropriate Greek and Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word.
  • Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
    • Explain the meaning of simple similes and metaphors in context.
    • Recognize and explain the meaning of common idioms, adages, and proverbs.
    • Demonstrate understanding of words by relating them to their opposites and to words with similar but not identical meanings.
  • Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal precise actions, emotions, or states of being and that are basic to a particular topic.

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