Nebraska English Learning Standards — Grade 4


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LA 4.1.3.a

Use advanced sound/spelling patterns (e.g., vowel variance, multi-syllable words) to read, write, and spell

LA 4.1.3.b

Use word structure to read text (e.g., prefixes/suffixes, compound words, contractions, syllabication, derivation)

LA 4.1.4.a

Read phrases, clauses, and sentences that sound like natural language to support comprehension

LA 4.1.4.b

Read words and phrases accurately and automatically

LA 4.1.4.c

Demonstrate conversational tone (e.g., volume, pitch) and use of punctuation to reflect meaning of text

LA 4.1.4.d

Adjust oral or silent reading pace based on purpose, text difficulty, form, and style

LA 4.1.5.a

Apply knowledge of word structure elements, known words, and word patterns to determine meaning (e.g., parts of speech, plurals, possessives, suffixes, prefixes, base and root words)

LA 4.1.5.b

Relate new grade level vocabulary to prior knowledge and use in new situations

LA 4.1.5.c

Apply context clues (e.g., word, phrase, sentence, and paragraph clues, re-reading) and text features (e.g., glossary, headings, subheadings, captions) to infer meaning of unknown words

LA 4.1.5.d

Identify semantic relationships (e.g., patterns and categories, homographs, homophones, synonyms, antonyms, multiple meanings)

LA 4.1.5.e

Determine meaning using print and digital reference materials (e.g., dictionary, thesaurus, glossary)

LA 4.1.6.a

Identify authors purpose(s) (e.g., explain, entertain, inform, persuade) and recognize how author perspective (e.g., beliefs, assumptions, biases) influences text

LA 4.1.6.b

Identify and analyze elements of narrative text (e.g., character development, setting, plot, theme)

LA 4.1.6.c

Summarize narrative text including characters, setting, and plot with supporting details

LA 4.1.6.d

Identify literary devices and explain the ways in which language is used (e.g., simile, metaphor, alliteration, onomatopoeia, imagery, rhythm)

LA 4.1.6.e

Retell and summarize the main idea from informational text using supporting details

LA 4.1.6.f

Recognize and apply knowledge of organizational patterns found in informational text (e.g., sequence, description, cause and effect, compare/contrast, fact/opinion)

LA 4.1.6.g

Apply knowledge of text features to locate information and gain meaning from a text (e.g., glossary, maps, charts, tables, graphs, illustrations, headings, subheadings, captions, font/format styles)

LA 4.1.6.h

Describe the defining characteristics of narrative and informational genres (e.g., folk tales, poetry, historical fiction, biographies, chapter books, textbooks)

LA 4.1.6.i

Use narrative or informational text to develop a multi-cultural perspective

LA 4.1.6.j

Generate and/or answer literal, inferential, critical, and interpretive questions, supporting answers using prior knowledge and literal and inferential information from the text

LA 4.1.6.k

Identify and explain purpose for reading (e.g., information, pleasure, understanding)

LA 4.1.6.l

Build and activate prior knowledge in order to identify text to self, text to text, and text to world connections before, during, and after reading

LA 4.1.6.m

Self-monitor comprehension by recognizing when meaning is disrupted and apply strategies to clarify, confirm, or correct

LA 4.1.6.n

Make and confirm/modify predictions before, during, and after reading (e.g., title, topic sentences, font, key words, foreshadowing clues)

LA 4.1.6.o

Use examples and details in a text to make inferences about a story or situation

LA 4.1.6.p

Respond to text verbally, in writing, or artistically

LA 4.2.1.a

Use prewriting activities and inquiry tools to generate and organize information, guide writing and answer questions (e.g., sketch, brainstorm, diagram, free write, graphic organizer, digital idea mapping tool, word processing tools, multimedia)

LA 4.2.1.b

Generate a draft by: -Selecting and organizing ideas relevant to topic, purpose, and genre 17 -Composing paragraphs with grammatically correct sentences of varying length, and complexity, and type (e.g., declarative, interrogative, and exclamatory) -Developing paragraphs with topic sentences and supporting facts and details

LA 4.2.1.c

Revise to improve writing (e.g., quality of ideas, organization, sentence fluency, word choice, voice)

LA 4.2.1.d

Provide oral, written, and/or electronic feedback to other writers; utilize others feedback to improve own writing

LA 4.2.1.e

Edit writing for format and conventions (e.g., spelling, capitalization, grammar, punctuation)

LA 4.2.1.f

Publish a legible document (e.g., handwritten or electronic)

LA 4.2.2.a

Write in a selected genre considering purpose (e.g., inform, entertain, persuade, instruct)

LA 4.2.2.b

Write considering audience and what the reader needs to know; select words and format with audience in mind

LA 4.2.2.c

Write considering tone/voice and typical characteristics of a selected genre (e.g., memoir, biography, report, formal letter)

LA 4.2.2.d

Select and apply an organizational structure appropriate to the task (e.g., logical, sequential order)

LA 4.2.2.e

Analyze models and examples (own and others) of various genres to create a similar piece

LA 4.3.1.a

Communicate ideas and information in a clear and concise manner appropriate to the purpose and setting

LA 4.3.1.b

Demonstrate speaking techniques for a variety of purposes and situations

LA 4.3.1.c

Utilize available media to enhance communication(e.g., presentation software, poster)

LA 4.3.2.a

Demonstrate listening skills needed for multiple situations and modalities (e.g., electronic, one-to-one, small/large group, presentation)

LA 4.3.2.b

Listen, ask questions to clarify, and take notes to ensure accuracy of information

LA 4.3.2.c

Listen to, summarize, and explain thoughts, ideas, and information being communicated

LA 4.3.3.a

Demonstrate sensitivity to the use of words (e.g., stereotypes, multiple meanings of words)

LA 4.3.3.b

Apply conversation strategies (e.g., face the speaker, listen while others are talking, gain the floor, take turns talking, eye contact, tone, stay on topic, non-verbal cues)

LA 4.3.3.c

Interact and collaborate with others in learning situations by contributing questions, information, opinions, and ideas using a variety of media and formats

LA 4.4.1.a

Select and use multiple resources to answer guiding questions (e.g., print, subscription databases, web resources)

LA 4.4.1.b

Demonstrate ethical and legal use of information by citing sources using a prescribed format (e.g., creating a simplified citation of information used)

LA 4.4.1.c

Practice safe and ethical behaviors when communicating and interacting with others (e.g., safe information to share online, appropriate language use, utilizing appropriate sites and materials, respecting diverse perspectives)

LA 4.4.1.d

Engage in activities with learners from a variety of cultures through electronic means (e.g., podcasts, video chats, distance learning, e-pals)

LA 4.4.1.e

Identify bias and commercialism (e.g., product placement, advertising)

LA 4.4.1.f

Gather and share information and opinions as a result of communication with others (e.g., video/audio chat, interview, podcast, multi-media presentations)

LA 4.4.1.g

Use social networks and information tools to gather and share information (e.g., social bookmarking, online collaborative tools)