30 Expository Writing Prompts 4th Grade
New Expository Writing Prompts That Help 4 th Graders Prepare for Middle School
As students get older, teachers expect their writing to grow in both substance and in form. Fourth grade students who are preparing for middle school should write better sentences, paragraphs with clear ideas and a linear structure, and stories or essays that are informative and interesting. Identifying key details and learning how to describe the people and places they’re writing about are essential parts of this growth—and the best way to practice them is through the act of expository writing.
Expository writing seeks to define, describe, or explain a topic—and it’s a clear and easy way for students to practice their writing skills and to get better at introducing and exploring a given subject. In these new expository writing prompts for 4 th graders, students will seek to define, describe, and explain topics related to their upcoming time in middle school.
Use these 30 new expository writing prompts to help students better prepare for the academic rigors of the next step ahead of them—while also reflecting on the emotional challenges and new experiences that await them in middle school.
More Expository Writing Samples (4th Grade)
Whew! I’ve been sitting for a couple of hours typing up some expository writing samples from my kids since so many people are still needing lots of examples. And…of course…I can use them in my class, too. It’s great to use REAL student writing in class to show what is working and what isn’t.
Some of you have asked when we started expository writing–well, we began way back in October. We flip back and forth throughout the year between the two types of writing. We spend an average of 4-5 weeks on narrative, and then move on to expository, and so on. Now that we are getting closer and closer to test time, we are only spending a couple of weeks on each. There are even days/weeks where we do both. I’ll be posting soon about an activity called “Genre Switch” where kids write for just a small amount of time in both genres.
For now, I’m posting several expository writing pieces that my students have written to various topics. Some of these were written as their choice of 3 writing prompts, and others were written on the students’ last writing benchmark. The benchmark prompt was the prompt that our students were given last year on their STAAR test (our official standardized test–for those of you who don’t live in Texas).
I had already given them that topic as a choice, so some of them already had prior experience writing to that topic. The funny thing about it is: most of them wrote something completely different, even though I’ve told them that they don’t have to…and frankly, if they have already had positive feedback, they should write the same thing, but even better the next time around!
So, without further ado…here they are:
These samples are simply in alphabetical order. They are not grouped by topic or by awesomeness. You can pick and choose which ones you want to use, or you can print them all and use all of them with your kiddos and talk about what was great and what needs improvement. You could even use them with some revising and editing!
Some of you have waited patiently for me to finally get these posted…for that…THANK YOU! It takes some time to get these gathered up, pick out which ones should be posted, type them, and get them up on the blog. Please feel free to share these with other people that you know. They will always be right here on my blog, so you can always save paper and just project them from here.
As always, my students (and I) love your feedback! If there was something that you really liked, please leave a comment letting us know! I show my blog to my students so that they can see who is showcased and how many people around the world are looking at their AH-mazing work! 😉
Student Writing Models
How do I use student models in my classroom?
When you need an example written by a student, check out our vast collection of free student models. Scroll through the list, or search for a mode of writing such as “explanatory” or “persuasive.”