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#1 LauraBeth475

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Posted 17 August 2017 - 09:31 PM

How often would you expect a generally writing-competent fourth grader to turn in a composition. Such as a half to full page book narration or short report?

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Posted 17 August 2017 - 10:06 PM

When mine are in 4th grade, they are just transitioning from oral narration to written. By the end of the year, I am happy if they can get a 3-4 sentence paragraph down on paper, twice a week. So yours sounds way ahead to me! But to answer the question: two a week (but only a paragraph; not a whole page).


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Posted 17 August 2017 - 11:00 PM

My last kid took a *lot* longer to develop these skills.

Hence my desire to recalibrate my expectations for this one.

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Posted 18 August 2017 - 06:36 AM

1/wk.

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Posted 18 August 2017 - 07:43 AM

Twice a week for one of my kids-- one from his writing program and one from health, science, or history readings.


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Posted 19 August 2017 - 10:21 AM

I think I'm going to go with one composition for language arts each week, and a second from a content subject.

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Posted 19 August 2017 - 12:08 PM

Roughly once a week here too.



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Posted 19 August 2017 - 04:01 PM

Thus far,1 kwo and 1 b-m-e minimum from a selection in literature. There is also copywork, vocab,and copia.

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Posted 19 August 2017 - 05:57 PM

Thus far,1 kwo and 1 b-m-e minimum from a selection in literature. There is also copywork, vocab,and copia.


Help me out. What are kwo and b-m-e?

#10 Heathermomster

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Posted 20 August 2017 - 04:41 PM

Help me out. What are kwo and b-m-e?


IEW starts with teaching key word outlines.

B-M-Es (beginning-middle-ends) are three sentences that summarize events in a story.

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Posted 20 August 2017 - 05:16 PM

DS will start with weekly paragraphs and end with weekly 1-pagers.

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Posted 20 August 2017 - 05:27 PM

One of my issues with public school is they always put quantity ahead of quality. In 4th grade, I have never required much beyond a paragraph. A well written paragraph of course, but that was it. 


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Posted 20 August 2017 - 11:33 PM

Mine do 1 a week. On Saturday. It's the only thing that day besides piano.

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Posted 22 August 2017 - 01:54 PM

One of mine did 1-2 a week at that age. Ours were written summaries of SOTW chapters, and she did one for every section most of the time. 

 

The other did 1-2 a month. 


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Posted 22 August 2017 - 02:38 PM

I really thought this article was helpful for me.

https://www.simplyco...hout-curriculum
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#16 Julie Smith

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Posted 22 August 2017 - 11:10 PM

At that age we were still working on sentences. I think maybe Eldest was onto occasional short paragraphs.

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Posted 23 August 2017 - 06:32 AM

At 4th grade (I have a 4th grader this year, actually), we're doing copywork, narration, dictation and notebooking.  I don't require her to write reports, yet.  If she wants to do a creative writing project, I don't correct it (SWB mentions this in one of her writing lectures).  


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Posted 23 August 2017 - 07:07 AM

I really thought this article was helpful for me.

https://www.simplyco...hout-curriculum


This is great, thanks! Takes all the pieces I have gathered in my brain and lays them out in logical order. 😁