In fourth grade, students are on the precipice of preparing for middle school, when nonfiction writing is used in all subjects. What’s more, with the recent adoption of the Common Core Standards by most states, nonfiction writing is becoming more essential to the core curriculum. According to the standards, students should be learning these three writing styles:

Informative/explanatory writing, which conveys information accurately with facts, details, and supportive information.

Narratives, which describe an experience in a personal voice.

Opinion pieces, which encourage readers to accept the writer’s beliefs or opinions.

Examples of good fourth grade nonfiction writing 

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John Cabot and the Rediscovery of North America

 

 

Informative/explanatory writing

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Big Book of Evolution

 

 

Informative/explanatory writing

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Book report: A Tale of Despereaux, by Kate DiCamill

 

 

Informative/explanatory writing

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Zoos should close

 

 

Opinion Writing