Language Arts

The Language Arts Curriculum embodies the full scope of reading, writing, and thinking skills. Specific objectives include instilling a love of literature, ensuring appropriate writing skills, acknowledging the necessity of correct grammar, spelling and improving standardized testing skills. Students are provided with a print rich environment in which they explore experience and express themselves through a variety of activities.

Overview: Language Arts across the grades levels, introduces, refines, and masters the following: · Oral Communication · Writing/Language · Reading/Literature · Study/Research Skills · Spelling/Vocabulary · Phonemic Awareness · Language Mechanics/Grammar/Correct Usage · Penmanship

Sampling of Topics Covered: 

Grades 1 - 3
  • Manuscript and cursive penmanship
  • Looking for language patterns in stories and poetry
  • Construction a simple story using beginning, middle, and end.
  • Recognition and use of rhyming elements
  • Using a variety of strategies to derive meaning from text, including cause and effect, making predictions and locating the main idea and supporting details
  • Identifying basic facts and main ideas in a text and use them as the basis for interpretation.
  • Reading and interpreting simple charts, graphs, maps, illustrations and signs.
  • Using short stories, picture books, literature to understand other cultural and historical periods
  • Basic grammar and language mechanics
Grades 4 - 5

All of the above, as well as:

    • Creating complete and correct declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory sentences in speaking and writing.
    • Progressing to identify all eight parts of speech
    • Correct use of the writing process, including pre-writing, editing, peer editing, revision, and publishing
    • Writing with purpose – to describe, to inform, to persuade, to narrate
    • Recognizing genre: fiction, nonfiction, prose, poetry, biography
    • Using of research materials
    • Organizing material for use in study strategies such as graphic organizers.
    • Use of higher level punctuation such as quotation marks, hyphens, colons
    • Identifying and using indirect objects, predicate nominatives, phrases, clauses, antecedents, transitional words, etc.
    • Reading and interpreting literature
Grades 6 - 8

All of the above, as well as:

  • Studying literature via thematic units
  • Analyzing literary elements, including: plot, setting, characterization, conflict, point of view, theme, etc.
  • Critically reading, examining and discussing poetry, drama, short stories, and novels
  • MLA format
  • Using rich language in writing
  • Using higher order thinking skills in writing and discussion
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