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Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

36 weeks

Overview

The Elementary English Language Arts Grade One course provides students with foundational reading skills, reading comprehension strategies, writing and grammar skills, and speaking and listening skills. Students will learn how to use the basic sounds for consonants, long and short vowel sounds, digraphs, blends, and r-controlled vowels to decode and encode words when reading and writing. Students will also learn how to use reading comprehension strategies to better understand literature and informative texts. Students will be taught grammar skills, such as singular and plural nouns; past, future, and present tense verbs; adjectives; pronouns; prepositions; prefixes; and suffixes. Students will participate in planning, writing, editing, revising, and publishing informative, narrative, and opinion writing compositions throughout the course.

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Course Requirements

To achieve success, students are expected to submit work in each course weekly. Students can learn at their own pace; however, “any pace” still means that students must make progress in the course every week. To measure learning, students complete self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, projects, discussion-based assessments, and discussions. Students and families are expected to maintain regular contact with teachers because, when teachers, students, and parents work together, students are successful.

Required Materials – Please view the list of materials before registering.

Major Topics and Concepts

Segment One

  • Review sounds of letters of the alphabet to create words
  • Short vowel sounds
  • Long vowel sounds
  • Silent letters
  • Digraphs
  • Differences between words, letters, and sentences
  • Directionality
  • Asking and answering questions about key details
  • Retelling stories with key details
  • Identifying the structure of a story
  • Main topic and key details
  • Connections in a text
  • Asking and answering questions about unknown words
  • Characteristics of fiction and nonfiction texts
  • Point of View
  • Text Features
  • Information in words and images in a text
  • Words that express feelings and senses
  • Comparing and contrasting
  • Relationships between illustrations and text
  • Author’s points and reasons
  • Reading grade-level texts with accuracy, rate, and expression
  • Nouns
  • Verbs
  • Adjectives
  • Plural nouns
  • Possessive nouns
  • Pronouns
  • Capitalization of proper nouns
  • Verbs: past, present, and future tense
  • Commas
  • Prepositions
  • Root words
  • Categorize
  • Conjunctions
  • Review manuscript handwriting
  • Capitalize the first word of a sentence
  • Punctuation
  • Informative, narrative, or opinion writing on a topic
  • Writing Process

Segment Two

  • Double consonants
  • Cluster words
  • Vowel pairs
  • Sounds for y
  • R-control vowels
  • Compound words
  • Retelling stories with key details
  • Identifying central message
  • Asking and answering questions about key details
  • Story elements
  • Asking and answering questions about unknown words
  • Using details to describe a text
  • Comparing and contrasting
  • Categories
  • Capitalization of proper nouns
  • Commas in a series
  • Main topic and key details
  • Connections in a text
  • Text features
  • Context clues
  • Adjectives
  • Articles
  • Singular and plural pronouns
  • Formal and informal language
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • Base word endings
  • Reading grade-level texts with accuracy, rate, fluency, and expression
  • Contractions
  • Descriptive language
  • Prefixes
  • Suffixes
  • Shades of meaning
  • Sentence variety
  • Informative, narrative, or opinion writing on a topic
  • Writing Process

Credits 1

Competencies

  • Asking and Answering Questions to Find and Share Information
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of how to find and share information by asking and answering questions to find information and by writing a complete sentence to share what they learned. Additionally, students will learn and practice reading and writing skills.
  • Narrative Elements
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of narrative elements by writing a story that tells events in chronological order. Additionally, students will learn and practice reading and writing skills.
  • Word Choice: Sensory Details
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of using sensory details by identifying words that describe the senses or feelings and by using sensory details to describe objects or events. Additionally, students will learn and practice reading and writing skills.
  • Informative Writing
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of informative writing by learning new information, using context clues for unknown words, and writing an informative text that includes a topic sentence and facts about a topic. Additionally, students will learn and practice reading and writing skills.
  • Illustrations and Details
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of using illustrations and words in a narrative by drawing pictures and writing words to describe characters, settings, and events. Additionally, students will learn and practice reading and writing skills.
  • Author’s Reasons and Comparing Texts
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of how to identify similarities and differences between two texts on the same topic and how to identify the author's reasoning by writing their own opinion on a topic and including the reasons for their opinion. Additionally, students will learn and practice reading and writing skills.
  • Story Structure and Writing a Story
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of story structure by describing characters in a story, asking and answering questions about details of the story, and writing an original story. Additionally, students will learn and practice reading and writing skills.
  • Reading for Information
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of reading for information by reading a text, identifying the main topic, and telling at least three key details of the text, making connections between people, events, ideas, or information. Additionally, students will learn and practice reading and writing skills.
  • Illustrations and Words for Information
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of using illustrations and words to provide information by identifying words that describe the senses or feelings, drawing pictures and writing words to describe characters, settings, or events. Additionally, students will learn and practice reading and writing skills.
  • Conducting, Saving, and Using Research
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of conducting research by finding information from two different sources, keeping pictures and notes about the information, and writing an informative text that compares and contrasts the information. Additionally, students will learn and practice reading and writing skills.
  • Descriptive Words: Adjectives and Adverbs
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of descriptive words by recognizing and using adjectives and adverbs to add meaning. Additionally, students will learn and practice reading and writing skills.
  • Expanding Vocabulary: Synonyms
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of synonyms by identifying and using words that have similar meanings. Additionally, students will learn and practice reading and writing skills.

Pre-Requisites

None

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