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Grade 4 English Tutor

Grade 4 English Tutoring

Grade four students need to be able to not only understand complex texts, but also think critically about them and express their opinions clearly. Their ideas should span a multicultural and multi-media approach.

We work with the local curriculum which enables us to create a firm foundation which your child can build their language skills on. During the fourth grade, students must develop oral, writing, reading and media literacy skills.

They will utilize recounts of personal experiences, fables folk takes and fantasies, formal reports and formal and persuasive letters, they must be able to summarize texts and provide explanations and reviews. They will also create brochures, advertisements, and websites.

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Grade 4 English Sample Curriculum

Oral Communication

  • Identify purposes for listening and set goals related to specific listening tasks
  • Demonstrate an understanding of appropriate listening behavior by adapting active listening strategies to suit a variety of situations
  • Identify a variety of listening comprehension strategies and use them appropriately
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the information and ideas in a variety of oral texts by summarizing important ideas
  • Make inferences using stated and implied ideas in oral texts and extend understanding of oral texts by connecting the ideas in them to their own knowledge
  • Analyse oral texts and explain how specific elements in them contribute to meaning
  • Identify the point of view presented in oral texts and ask questions about possible bias
  • Identify the presentation strategies used in oral texts and analyze their effect on the audience
  • Communicate in a clear, coherent manner and use appropriate words and phrases from the full range of their vocabulary
  • Identify some vocal effects, including tone, pace, pitch, volume, and a range of sound effects, and use them appropriately and with sensitivity towards cultural differences
  • Identify some non-verbal cues, including facial expression, gestures, and eye contact, and use them in oral communications and use a variety of appropriate visual aids


  • Identify a variety of purposes for reading and choose reading materials appropriate for those purposes
  • Identify a variety of reading comprehension strategies and use them appropriately
  • Demonstrate understanding of a variety of texts by summarizing important ideas and citing supporting details
  • Extend understanding of texts by connecting the ideas in them to their own knowledge
  • Analyse texts and explain how specific elements in them contribute to meaning and express opinions about the ideas and information in texts and cite evidence from the text
  • Identify the point of view presented in a text, citing supporting evidence from the text, and suggest some possible alternative perspectives
  • Explain how characteristics help communicate meaning, with a focus on literary texts such as a diary or journal
  • Recognize a variety of organizational patterns and features and explain how the patterns help readers understand the texts
  • Identify various elements of style – including alliteration, descriptive adjectives and adverbs, and sentences of different types, lengths, and structures
  • Read and understand high-frequency words and words of personal interest
  • Predict the meaning of and rapidly solve unfamiliar words using different types of cues
  • Read appropriate texts at a sufficient rate and with sufficient expression


  • Identify the topic, purpose, and audience for a variety of writing forms
  • Generate ideas about a potential topic and gather information to support ideas for writing using a variety of strategies and oral, print, and electronic sources
  • Sort and classify ideas and information for their writing in a variety of ways
  • Identify and order main ideas and supporting details and write more complex texts
  • Establish a personal voice in their writing, with a focus on using words and stylistic elements that convey a specific mood such as amusement
  • Use sentences of different lengths and structures
  • Identify their point of view and other possible points of view on the topic, and determine whether their information sufficiently supports their own view
  • Identify elements of their writing that need improvement and make revisions to improve the content, clarity, and interest of their written work
  • Spell familiar words correctly and spell unfamiliar words using a variety of strategies
  • Confirm spellings and word meanings or word choice using different types of resources
  • Use punctuation appropriately to help communicate their intended meaning, with a focus on the use of the apostrophe to indicate possession, and quotation marks to indicate direct speech
  • Use parts of speech appropriately
  • Use some appropriate elements of effective presentation in the finished product, including print, script, different fonts, graphics, and layout
  • Produce pieces of published work to meet identified criteria based on the expectations related to content, organization, style, use of conventions, and use of presentation strategies

Media Literacy

  • Identify the purpose and audience for a variety of media texts
  • Use overt and implied messages to draw inferences and construct meaning in media texts
  • Express opinions about ideas, issues, and/or experiences presented in media texts, and give evidence from the texts to support their opinions
  • Explain why different audiences might respond differently to specific media texts
  • Identify whose point of view is presented or reflected in a media text, citing supporting evidence from the text, and suggest how the text might change if a different point of view were used
  • Identify who produces various media texts and the reason for their production
  • Identify elements and characteristics of some media forms
  • Identify the conventions and techniques used in some familiar media forms and explain how they help convey meaning
  • Describe in detail the topic, purpose, and audience for media texts they plan to create
  • Identify an appropriate form to suit the specific purpose and audience and identify conventions and techniques appropriate for a media text they plan to create
  • Produce media texts for specific purposes and audiences, using a few simple media forms and appropriate conventions and techniques
  • Identify strategies they found most helpful in making sense of and creating media texts, and explain how these and other strategies can help them improve as media viewers/ listeners/producers
  • Explain how their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing help them to make sense of and produce media texts
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