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Alphabetizing and dictionary skills, word meaning and origins, and recognizing root words. Fourth graders identify antonyms, synonyms, idioms, and heteronyms as well as learn prefixes and suffixes. They also begin to use thesaurus. Students analyze literature, its themes, plots, and characters. They also learn to distinguish between different literature forms: fables, fantasy, legends and myths. Grammar skills such as organization of simple and compound sentences, applying regular and irregular verbs, appositives and participial phrases are practiced. Students also demonstrate writing ability, making paragraphs, writing a dialogue and giving a speech.