The Open Court Grade 4 materials include high-quality texts that meet the expectations of the standards. Texts are appropriately complex, growing in complexity over the course of the year, but do not include comprehensive text complexity analysis information. The texts grow in complexity over the course of the year, but the strategies and routines may need to be supplemented to assure students are reading grade-level text independently by the end of the year. There is minimal support for independent reading and accountability.
The program provides text-based opportunities, protocols, questions and tasks to support students as both listeners and speakers.
Students engage in daily writing opportunities over the course of the year, including opportunities for process writing, including editing and revision and the use of digital resources. While the writing opportunities encompass all the genres set forth in the standards, there is a greater emphasis on informative/explanatory writing. The program includes explicit instruction in and practice of grammar skills.
Materials contain explicit instruction in and assessment of grade-appropriate foundational skills across the year. However, the materials lack teacher guidance for remediation and support of students who are not performing at grade level.
Instruction, practice, and application of word analysis skills is found within the foundation skills materials, but the application of these skills is not supported within the anchor texts that are found in the Reading and Responding lessons.