Grade 4 Writing Assignment

For fourth grade students who are getting older and becoming more comfortable in their own identities, journaling is a powerful tool that offers a safe place to explore their deepest thoughts.

These writing prompts for 4th-grade students are full of interesting and creative questions designed to help your students think more about who they are and what unique qualities define their identities. In these new prompts, students will consider everything from the act of giving to differences between boys and girls to their favorite things to write about.

Use these writing prompts for 4th grade students to help your class explore their own thoughts and opinions in a constructive, private way. Daily journaling is a powerful activity that can ground your students by giving them a stable, reliable place to express themselves. Your students will become more confident in their own ideas when they see that their opinions matter with daily writing.

 Writing Prompts for 4th Grade

1. What makes you who you are?

2. What makes you laugh?

3. What is your favorite thing about being a part of our class?

4. What was your favorite summer vacation? Why?

5. Write about a time you gave something of yours to someone who needed it? What did you do?

6. What is your favorite lesson from American history? What do you like about it?

7. Do you consider yourself to be a patient person? Why or why not?

8. Do you think schools should give homework? Why or why not?

9. Write a poem about your most prized possession.

10. Do your parents let you choose your own clothes at the store, or do they pick them for you? What is your style like?

11. Write about a time you stood up for something you believed in. What did you do?

12. What is your favorite game? Is it a video game or a board game? What do you like about it?

13. What is the best gift you ever received? What made it so special?

14. What is your favorite part of the school day?

15. Write about a secret you’ve never shared. How do you keep it secret? How does the secret make you feel?

16. Do you have a good memory? How do you know? What kinds of things are hard to remember?

17. Have you ever received a gift you didn’t like? How did you react?

18. What is the hardest part of 4th grade?

19. What is the most interesting book you ever read? What did you like about it?

20. What is your favorite quality about yourself?

21. Is it hard to be friends with someone after having an argument? Why or why not?

22. What is your favorite after-school activity? What do you like about it?

23. Are boys and girls really different from one another? Why or why not?

24. Have you ever gone to summer camp? Did you enjoy it?

25. If I were ruler of the universe for the day, I would _________.

26. What is your favorite thing to write about? How does writing make you feel?

27. What makes you feel good?

28. Which of your friends are you the most like? Why?

29. What is a tradition? What makes it so special?

30. Do you prefer sports or video games? Why?

31. What can you do to show your grandparents how much you love them?

32. Write about a time when you did poorly on a test. What did your parents say?

33. How did you meet your best friend? How long have you known one another?

34. What is your favorite thing about your family?

35. What do you admire most about your dad?

36. What do you admire most about your mom?

37. What is the best movie you’ve ever seen? What did you like about it?

38. Do you like being the center of attention? Why or why not?

39. If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go? What would you do there?

40. Do you think of yourself as a team player? Why or why not?

41. What is your favorite kind of food? What do you like about it?

Until next time, journal on…

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4th Grade CCSS: Writing

For fourth graders, this Common Core area helps students gain mastery of writing skills by working collaboratively and producing written texts, understanding syntax and vocabulary, and organizing their ideas. Among the complete standards for this grade, fourth graders will be asked to: write opinion pieces, explanatory texts, narratives, be able to effectively write introductions, supporting details, developed ideas, reasons, and conclusions to fully realize a piece of writing, properly use illustrations, formatting, and multimedia to enhance a text, use dialogue, and descriptions of emotions and thoughts to show the response of characters to situations, use transitional words to link events in a narrative, with some adult guidance use appropriate technology to publish writing, demonstrate keyboarding skill, understand writing for specific audiences, go through the process of writing, editing and revision for their written work.

Autumn: The Scarecrow’s Surprise Writing Prompt

Students will further develop their creative writing skills with this Autumn writing prompt activity. This is a great worksheet to keep your students’ creativity flowing!

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
W.3.1, W.4.1, W.5.1

Classroom Reporter: Interview with a Classmate

“Classroom Reporter: Interview with a Classmate” is the perfect way to introduce students to their classmates and learn more about one another.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
W.1.2, W.2.2, W.3.2, W.4.2, W.5.2

Father’s Day Writing Prompt: He’s the Best

Your students will have fun writing about their father in this “He’s the Best” writing activity.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
W.3.1, W.4.1, W.5.1

Fourth of July Writing Prompt: What Freedom Means to Me

Teach your students about freedom in America with this fun Fourth of July Writing Prompt printable worksheet.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
W.3.1, W.4.1, W.5.1

Haiku: Write Your Own!

This worksheet features the Japanese poetry style haiku.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, 6th - 8th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
W.3.4, W4.4, W.5.4, W.6.4

Kwanzaa Candles: Who Lights First? Writing Prompt

It’s the first night of Kwanzaa and the entire Thompson family has gathered for the celebration. It’s almost time to light the candles, and the question comes up: who should light the candles tonight? Write a story about how the Thompson family decides who will light the candles. This printable holiday writing prompt is ideal for 3rd – 5th grade, but can be used where appropriate.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
W.3.3, W.4.3, W.5.3

Main Idea Graphic Organizer

Learning how to properly structure an essay can be difficult. With this Main Idea Tree, students will create an outline that allows them to better understand the different parts of a five paragraph essay. Students will be asked to write their introduction, a main idea, three topic sentences, three supporting details for each topic sentence, and a conclusion.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.3.2, RI.4.2, W.3.1, W.4.1

Main Idea Tree

Use this image of a large tree to help your students understand the components of a paragraph. With this worksheet, students will be asked to write a main idea and follow it with three supporting details. What a great way for students to visualize the importance of the main idea in a paragraph!

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
RI.3.2, RI.4.2, RI.5.2, W.3.1, W.4.1, RI.5.1

My Goals for the New Year

This writing prompt about New Year’s goals is a wonderful way to help your students practice their writing skills.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
W.2.1, W.3.1, W.4.1, W.5.1

Native American Heritage: Create Your Totem Pole

In the box on the worksheet, design your own totem pole. Make sure it represents you and your interests. Then in the writing space, describe your totem pole and explain how it illustrates you. This printable Native American Heritage Month activity is ideal for 3rd – 5th grade, but can be used where appropriate.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
W.3.3, W.4.3, W.5.3

New Year’s Reflections

Encourage your students to look back on the events of the past year and look forward to the ones ahead with this New Years reflection worksheet.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
W.3.1, W.4.1, W.5.1

The Lost Dreidel Writing Prompt

The Goldberg family has lost their Hanukkah dreidel! Write a story and tell how you think the Goldberg family should solve their problem. This printable Hanukkah writing prompt activity is perfect for keeping students engaged in class while learning about the holiday.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
W.3.3, W.4.3, W.5.3

Using Story Elements: Plan a Story

Planning a story can be tough. This activity helps students break things down so that it’s easier to envision and write the story. A great beginning writing activity for 3rd – 5th graders.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
W.3.3.A, W.4.3.A, W.5.3.A

What Happens Next? Halloween Surprise Activity

Keep learning fun during the holidays with this Halloween Reading Comprehension Activity. Students will be asked to read a passage and then answer the given questions about the story. This worksheet is great for use both at home and in the classroom.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
W.3.3, W.4.3, W.5.3

Write a Description: Melting Snowman

With this unique winter activity, help your students further develop their writing skills.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
W.3.1, W.4.1, W.5.1

Write Rhyming Couplets

Time for some poetic rhyming couplets!

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, 6th - 8th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
W.3.4, W4.4, W.5.4, W.6.4

Writing Limericks

This activity lists opening lines for two limericks. Students write the other lines to complete the limerick, remembering which lines that need to rhyme.

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
W.3.4, W.4.4, W.5.4

Writing Prompt: A New Plant in Spring

Students choose from the letters on a Spring flower and write words that start with a vowel. A fun way to practice vocabulary and anticipate the warm days to come!

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
W.3.1, W.4.1, W.5.1

Writing Prompt: She’s the Best

Students write about a special sister, grandmother, mother, or friend!

Grade Levels:
2nd and 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
W.3.1, W.4.1, W.5.1

Back to School Diamante Poem

Teach your students a fun way to write diamante poems using our new back to school worksheet.

Grade Levels:
4th and 5th Grade, 6th - 8th Grade, Grades K-12
CCSS Code(s):
W.4.4, W.5.4, W.6.4, W.7.4

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