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Nonfiction Writing Assignments For 4th Grade

1. Creative Writing Prompts for Kids 4th Grade 
Get your students excited about writing by sharing these fun and creative 4th grade writing prompts. They're the perfect story starters for getting their creative juices flowing..

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2. Expository Prompts on Animals

Nothing can hold a child's (or adult's) fascination or attention quite like animals. All students love animals, so use that to get their writing gears in motion…
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3. Writing Prompts on Books

Use the power of books as a starting point for your students' essays with these 4th grade writing prompts on books..
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4. Expository Prompts on Endangered Species

There are thousands of species on the endangered species list and thousands more have become extinct. Stimulate your student's imagination using the natural fascination and awe of extinct and endangered animals..

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5. Environmental Writing Prompts

Why not get your 4th graders thinking more about the world around us and challenge them to write essays using these 4th grade writing prompts on the Environment….
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6. Expository Writing Prompts on Family

Your students have plenty of personal experiences to write about when it comes to family. Even those students who don't have an actual sibling can write about their life with an imaginary sibling or with their best friend…
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7. Expository Writing Prompts on Hobbies

These 4th grade writing prompts on hobbies will give young children a chance to share what they do outside of school with their friends…

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8. Expository Writing Prompts on Holidays

Whether it's Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, New Year's or many others, the holidays are the perfect time for teachers to encourage their students to explore the cultural diversity of the world we live in…

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9. Fun Story Starters

Sometimes it's best to shake things up a little – so use these Fun Writing Prompts to give your students' minds a little break from the normal…

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 10. Expository Writing Prompts on Music

No matter what age group or grade, from lullabies to Disney, from country to pop, from Taylor Swift to One Direction, your students will feel like rock stars with these 4th grade writing prompts….

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 11. Expository Writing Prompts on Vacations

Whether it's a 3-month boondoggle in the summer, or a short week long jaunt in spring. students live for vacation. These prompts are designed to engage them into sharing their experiences…

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In fourth grade, students are starting to prepare for middle school, when nonfiction writing is practiced in all subjects. What’s more, under the Common Core Standards, nonfiction writing is more and more essential to the curriculum. Learn more about your fourth grader’s writing under Common Core. According to the standards, students should be learning three types of writing:

Informative/explanatory writing

Like a report, the purpose of this type of writing is to convey information accurately with facts, details, and supportive information.

Narratives

These can be stories or screenplays or other fiction written in the first, second, or third person.

Opinion pieces

In opinion writing, students encourage readers to accept their opinion about something by writing what they and why.


Fourth grade writing sample #1

John Cabot and the Rediscovery of North America

In this child’s report on John Cabot, you’ll see a few important features. First, there are five sections, each with a bolded header announcing what sort of information follows. Note that the fifth section is the bibliography, where everyone can see the two sources this student relied on for her information.

Type of writing: Informative/explanatory writing

 


Fourth grade writing sample #2

Big Book of Evolution

Dylan’s report on evolution is also divided into sections. Note that Dylan uses visuals throughout this report. What’s more, the report has a table of contents at the beginning, and at the end, Dylan cites his sources for the written information and the visuals.

Type of writing: Informative/explanatory writing

 


Fourth grade writing sample #3

A Tale of Despereaux

This is a classic fourth grade book report. Note that the student uses headers to announce what type of information follows: the summary, the characters, and the writer’s recommendation about the book.

Type of writing: Informative/explanatory writing

 


Fourth grade writing sample #4

Zoos Should Close

This student writes an opinion piece about why she thinks zoos should close. Note that she cites multiple reasons with examples of why zoos aren’t good for animals. She also addresses a counterargument and refutes it, which isn’t actually required until seventh and eighth grade.

Type of writing: Opinion writing

 


See more examples of real kids’ writing in different grades: Kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade, fifth grade.

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