All Grade 4 Standards for

English Language Arts/Literacy

The standard grade refers to the level at which the standard applies. Some standards have specific grade levels, like K, 1, 2, and 3, but others are shared, such as 6-8 or 11-12. The standards below have the same grade designation. Click a standard to learn more.

  • Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.

  • Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.

  • Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.

  • By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4-5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

  • Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

  • Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.

  • Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).

  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).

  • Explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter) and drama (e.g., casts of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when writing or speaking about a text.

  • Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.