Writing Benchmarks and Anchor Papers - Fourth Grade:SPRING

All descriptors must be evident.

Writing Characteristics

  • Maintains focus on a narrowed topic.
  • Includes relevant details to elaborate on topic.
  • Includes transitional words, phrases, and sentences to connect ideas and paragraphs.
  • Contains a variety of sentence structures and length.
  • High frequency words are spelled correctly.

Writer Behaviors

  • Identifies and begins to use leads.
  • Uses clear, concluding statements.
  • Recognizes and begins to apply voice in writing.
  • Uses advanced print conventions appropriately (quotation marks, commas, apostrophes, exclamation marks, contractions, possessives, capital letters in proper nouns).
  • Uses correct verb tense consistently.