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South Carolina fourth-grade language arts standards

Alignments coming soon

IXL's fourth-grade skills will be aligned to the South Carolina College- and Career-Ready Standards soon! Until then, you can view a complete list of fourth-grade standards below. Be sure to check out the language arts practice problems in IXL's 152 fourth-grade skills.

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W Writing

  • MCC Meaning, Context, and Craft

    • 1 Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

      • 1.1 Write opinion pieces that:

        • 1.1.a introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which related ideas are grouped to support the writer's purpose;

        • 1.1.b use information from multiple print and multimedia sources;

        • 1.1.c provide reasons supported by facts and details;

        • 1.1.d use transitional words or phrases to connect opinions and reasons;

        • 1.1.e develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing building on personal ideas and the ideas of others;

        • 1.1.f use paraphrasing, quotations, and original language to avoid plagiarism; and

        • 1.1.g provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented.

    • 2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

      • 2.1 Write informative/explanatory texts that:

        • 2.1.a introduce a topic clearly;

        • 2.1.b use information from multiple print and multimedia sources;

        • 2.1.c group related information in paragraphs and sections;

        • 2.1.d include formatting, illustrations, and multimedia to aid comprehension;

        • 2.1.e develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic;

        • 2.1.f develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing building on personal ideas and the ideas of others;

        • 2.1.g use paraphrasing, quotations, and original language to avoid plagiarism;

        • 2.1.h link ideas within categories of information using words and phrases;

        • 2.1.i use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform or explain the topic;

        • 2.1.j develop a style and tone authentic to the purpose; and

        • 2.1.k provide a concluding statement or section relate to the information or explanation presented.

    • 3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective techniques, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.

      • 3.1 Gather ideas from texts, multimedia, and personal experience to write narratives that:

        • 3.1.a develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences;

        • 3.1.b orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters;

        • 3.1.c organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally;

        • 3.1.d use dialogue and description to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations;

        • 3.1.e develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing building on personal ideas and the ideas of others;

        • 3.1.f use a variety of transitional words and phrases to manage the sequence of events;

        • 3.1.g use imagery, precise words, and sensory details to develop characters and convey experiences and events precisely; and

        • 3.1.h provide a conclusion that follows from the narrated experiences or events.

  • L Language

    • 4 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing and speaking.

      • 4.1 When writing:

        • 4.1.a use relative pronouns and relative adverbs;

        • 4.1.b form and use the progressive verb tenses;

        • 4.1.c use modal auxiliaries to convey various conditions;

        • 4.1.d use modal auxiliaries and the progressive verb tenses, recognizing and correcting inappropriate shifts in verb tense;

        • 4.1.e order adjectives within sentences according to conventional patterns;

        • 4.1.f use relative pronouns and relative adverbs;

        • 4.1.g explore using prepositional phrases in different positions within a sentence;

        • 4.1.h use coordinating and subordinating conjunctions;

        • 4.1.i use a variety of sentence types to produce complete sentences, recognizing and correcting inappropriate fragments and runons; and

        • 4.1.j use frequently confused homonyms correctly.

    • 5 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

      • 5.1 Capitalize names of magazines, newspapers, works of art, musical compositions, organizations, and the first word in quotations.

      • 5.2 Use:

        • 5.2.a apostrophes to form possessives and contractions;

        • 5.2.b quotation marks and commas to mark direct speech; and

        • 5.2.c commas before a coordinating conjunction in a compound sentence.

      • 5.4 Use spelling patterns and generalizations.

  • RC Range and Complexity

    • 6 Write independently, legibly, and routinely for a variety of tasks, purposes, and audiences over short and extended time frames.

      • 6.1 Write routinely and persevere in writing tasks:

        • 6.1.a over short and extended time frames;

        • 6.1.b for a range of domain-specific tasks;

        • 6.1.c for a variety of purposes and audiences; and

        • 6.1.d by adjusting the writing process for the task, increasing the length and complexity

      • 6.4 Demonstrate effective keyboarding skills.