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Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

36 weeks

Overview

In Language Arts Grade 3, students will engage in a variety of topics as they explore the world of reading and writing. Students will learn foundational skills, cursive writing, vocabulary, reading comprehension, grammar, and the writing process as they write narratives, informational, and opinion essays. In this course, students will participate in engaging lessons that include interactive parts, informational and literature based texts, graphic organizers, videos, and various practice activities. Topics range from healthy habits and overcoming obstacles to mysteries. Students will meet an astronaut, earn badges for the Junior Astronaut Training Handbook, and draw a space academy recruit in this Space-themed 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.

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Major Topics and Concepts

Segment One

  • Apply strategies for decoding, context clues, and spelling
  • Ask and Answer questions
  • Identify character traits
  • Determine the central message
  • Determine literal and nonliteral meanings
  • Use the past, present, and future verb tenses
  • Identify the subject and predicate in a complete sentence
  • Use the writing process to write an informative, narrative, and opinion text
  • Use strategies to find the meaning of unknown words
  • Identify the main idea in an informative text
  • Recognize the different text structures
  • Read with accuracy, rate, and expression
  • Form simple sentences
  • Use quotation marks and commas in dialogue
  • Learn to use correct capitalization in titles
  • Recognize how chapters, scenes, and stanzas build on each other
  • Use possessive nouns, plural nouns, and pronouns
  • Practice cursive writing skills
  • Determine the meaning of unknown words
  • Determine the connections between sentences and paragraphs in a text
  • Identify the point of view of the author and the reader
  • Use nouns as subject and object in a sentence
  • Use different type of sentences
  • Understand that illustrations give meaning to a story
  • Compare and contrast the settings, plots, and themes of two stories
  • Use and explain the functions of adjectives and adverbs
  • Write compound sentences
  • Use text features to locate information
  • Explain the connection between illustrations and words and phrases to show understanding of a text
  • Compare and contrast the most important points and key details
  • Use the articles “a” and “an” correctly
  • Write complex sentences

Segment Two

  • Apply strategies for decoding, context clues, and spelling
  • Practice cursive writing skills
  • Explain how characters’ actions contribute to the sequence of events
  • Explain the point of view of the characters, narrator, and reader
  • Recount a story and determine the central message
  • Use punctuation correctly
  • Use compound words and contractions
  • Use the writing process to write an informative, narrative, and opinion text
  • Recount key details and explain how they support the main idea
  • Use language to show time, sequence, or cause and effect to describe the relationship in a text
  • Explain the point of view of the author and the reader
  • Recognize how to write sentences with subjects and verbs that agree
  • Describe the connection between particular sentences and paragraphs in a text
  • Determine the shades of meaning of words
  • Use the writing process to conduct a short research project about a topic
  • Explain how illustrations contribute to the mood or parts of a story
  • Compare and contrast the settings, plots, and themes of two stories
  • Recount stories and determine the central message
  • Use prepositional phrases
  • Use text features to search for information on a topic
  • Describe the connection between sentences and paragraphs in a text
  • Compare and contrast the most important points and key details in two texts on the same topic
  • Use irregular verbs
  • Use verb tenses correctly in sentences
  • Explain how the reader’s point of view is similar or different from the narrator or characters
  • Describe how chapters, scenes, and stanzas build
  • Write and expand sentences
  • Apply strategies for decoding, context clues, and spelling
  • Use root words and affixes to learn the meaning of words
  • Evaluate the author’s point of view

Credits 1

Competencies

  • The Writing Process
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the writing process by explaining and using the six stages of writing: brainstorm, prewrite, write, revise, edit, and publish and by using nouns and verbs to write complete sentences.
  • Gathering Information: Asking Questions to Find Meaning
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of how to understand the content of a text by asking questions such as who, what, where, when, why, and how to gather information, using strategies to recognize unknown words, and by writing a multi-paragraph narrative text using language that shows sequence.
  • Literal and Nonliteral Meaning of Words
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of literal and nonliteral meaning by using context clues to determine the meaning of new words, by determining the meaning of and explaining the difference between literal and nonliteral meanings of words and phrases, and using context to check or correct their understanding of words.
  • Building Vocabulary
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of how to build their vocabulary by using strategies, context clues, and research tools to find the meaning of new and unknown words including words that do not follow familiar patterns and by using nouns as subjects and objects in a sentence.
  • Adding Meaning: Illustrations and Adjectives
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of how to add meaning to a text by reading and analyzing words and pictures in a text, comparing and contrasting how words and pictures add meaning, and by writing a multi-paragraph narrative text using adjectives.
  • Adding Meaning: Text Features
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of how to find meaning through text features such as tables, charts, keywords, graphs, etc. by identifying a variety of text features and explaining how they provide information about a topic.
  • The Role of Characters: Problem, Reaction, Solution
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of how characters play a role in story structure by reading a story, identifying the problem, reaction, and solution, explaining how the characters’ actions contribute to the sequence of events, and brainstorming ideas for an original story.
  • Informative Writing: Research and Organization
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of how to conduct research and organize information by explaining and following the IFIND strategy of idea, find, inform, note, and declare and by writing a multi-paragraph opinion text.
  • Making Connections: Mood and Setting
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of how setting, descriptions, and illustration set a mood in a text by reading and analyzing a story, making connections between setting and mood, and writing a multi-paragraph opinion text.
  • Verb Tense and Irregular Verbs
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of how to use verbs in correct form by identifying and explaining verb tense, listing and explaining irregular verbs, and using verbs in their writing.
  • Narrative Writing: Analyzing and Writing a Story
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of narrative writing by reading a story, analyzing the key details and central message, describing how a character’s traits, motivations, and feelings impact the story and by writing a multi-paragraph original story that includes these features.
  • Decoding Meaning
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of how to decode the meaning of an unknown word by identifying and explaining root words, prefixes, and suffixes and using context to check or correct understanding.

Pre-Requisites

None

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