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Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

36 weeks

Overview

The Elementary English Language Arts courses provide students with a rigorous and comprehensive look at the ELA standards, focusing on reading foundational skills, reading comprehension strategies through informative and literature texts, writing, grammar, and speaking and listening skills. Students will be exposed to the five essential components of reading (phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, vocabulary and fluency) through engaging text and interactive learning. Fourth and fifth-grade students will focus on reading to learn with the incorporation of more complex text and extensive exploration and use of vocabulary in reading and writing. Students will be taught grammar skills which will be implemented into the rigorous writing lessons and compliment various topics. Students will participate in informative, narrative, and opinion writing compositions throughout the course. Throughout the English Language Arts courses, students will explore a myriad of topics through integration across content areas. Each grade level of the ELA suite will surround student learning with an adventure filled theme, showing students that learning really is the great adventure.

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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

Module 1

  • Use context clues to read and determine the meaning of unknown words phrases
  • Use strategies to spell words correctly
  • Use legible cursive writing skills
  • Use story details to make inferences and explain what the text says explicitly
  • Use story details to describe a character, setting, or event
  • Use story details to determine the theme
  • Use common, proper, and plural nouns correctly when writing
  • Understand the contexts for formal and informal language
  • Use strong verbs to add more detail
  • Use helping, linking, and verb phrases correctly when writing
  • Use the writing process to write an informative essay

Module 2

  • Use context clues to read and determine the meaning of unknown words and phrases
  • Use strategies to spell words correctly
  • Use legible cursive writing skills
  • Use evidence to make inferences and explain what the text says explicitly
  • Use evidence from the text to determine the main idea
  • Explain events, concepts, and procedures in historical, scientific, and technical texts
  • Use relative pronouns correctly when writing
  • Identify subjects and predicates, and use them correctly when writing
  • Use commas correctly when writing
  • Use the writing process to write a person narrative

Module 3

  • Use context clues to read and determine the meaning of unknown words and phrases
  • Use strategies to spell words correctly
  • Use legible cursive writing skills
  • Explain the meaning of similes and metaphors
  • Explain the major differences between stories, dramas, and poems
  • Use story details to determine the theme
  • Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are told
  • Produce complete sentences, recognizing and correcting inappropriate run-ons and fragments
  • Use proper punctuation when quoting
  • Use the writing process to write an opinion essay

Module 4

  • Use context clues to read and determine the meaning of unknown words and phrases
  • Use strategies to spell words correctly
  • Use legible cursive writing skills
  • Describe the overall structure of a text or part of a text
  • Compare and contrast firsthand and secondhand accounts on the same event or topic
  • Recognize and write the different sentence types correctly
  • Use reference materials to determine a word meaning
  • Use the writing process to write an informative essay

Module 5

  • Use context clues to read and determine the meaning of unknown words and phrases
  • Use strategies to spell words correctly
  • Use legible cursive writing skills
  • Compare and contrast themes, topics, and patterns of events in traditional literature
  • Make connections between the text and a visual representation of that text
  • Use knowledge of Greek and Latin Affixes to determine unknown word meaning
  • Use compound subjects and predicates correctly when writing
  • Use compound sentences correctly when writing
  • Use pronouns correctly when writing
  • Use the writing process to write an informative essay

Module 6

  • Use context clues to read and determine the meaning of unknown words and phrases
  • Use strategies to spell words correctly
  • Use legible cursive writing skills
  • Use synonyms and antonyms to add variety to writing
  • Explain how text features contribute to the understanding of the text in which they appear
  • Explain how the author uses reasons and evidence to support his or her points
  • Integrate information from two texts on the same topic to write or speak about the subject
  • Correctly match pronouns and their antecedents when writing
  • Use comparative and superlative adjectives correctly when writing
  • Use relative adverbs correctly when writing
  • Use the writing process to write an opinion essay

Module 7

  • Use context clues to read and determine the meaning of unknown words and phrases
  • Use strategies to spell words correctly
  • Use legible cursive writing skills
  • Explain the meaning of idioms, similes, and metaphors
  • Use story details to describe a character, setting, or event
  • Use story details to summarize and determine the theme
  • Explain the major differences between stories, dramas, and poems
  • Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are told
  • Use parentheses for effect when writing
  • Order adjectives correctly when writing
  • Use knowledge of Greek and Latin Affixes to determine unknown word meaning
  • Use the writing process to write an informative essay

Module 8

  • Use context clues to read and determine the meaning of unknown words and phrases
  • Use strategies to spell words correctly
  • Understand the contexts for formal and informal language
  • Identify opposites and similar meanings of words
  • Use evidence to make inferences and explain what the text says explicitly
  • Use evidence from the text to summarize and determine the main idea
  • Explain events, concepts, and procedures in historical, scientific, and technical texts
  • Describe the overall structure of a text or part of a text
  • Use the progressive verb tense correctly when writing
  • Use irregular verbs correctly when writing
  • Use apostrophes correctly when forming contractions
  • Use the writing process to write informative essays

Module 9

  • Use context clues to read and determine the meaning of unknown words and phrases
  • Use strategies to spell words correctly
  • Use legible cursive writing skills
  • Understand the meaning of adages and proverbs
  • Recognize and use homophones correctly
  • Compare and contrast themes, topics, and patterns of events in traditional literature
  • Make connections between the text and a visual representation of that text
  • Explain the major differences between stories, dramas, and poems
  • Use details to determine the theme of a poem
  • Use compound and complex sentences correctly when writing
  • Produce complete sentences, recognizing and correcting inappropriate run-ons and fragments
  • Use correct subject-verb agreement when writing
  • Use helping verbs correctly when writing
  • Use the writing process to write an opinion essay

Module 10

  • Use context clues to read and determine the meaning of unknown words and phrases
  • Use strategies to spell words correctly
  • Use legible cursive writing skills
  • Use synonyms and antonyms to determine the meaning of unknown words
  • Recognize and use homophones correctly
  • Explain how text features contribute to the understanding of the text in which they appear
  • Explain how the author uses reasons and evidence to support his or her points
  • Use evidence from the text to determine the main idea
  • Use sentence tense correctly when writing
  • Use prepositions and prepositional phrases correctly when writing
  • Combine sentences using prepositional phrases
  • Use the writing process to write an informative essay

Module 11

  • Use context clues to read and determine the meaning of unknown words and phrases
  • Use strategies to spell words correctly
  • Use story details to make inferences and explain what the text says explicitly
  • Use story details to describe a character, setting, or event
  • Use story details to summarize and determine the theme
  • Explain the major differences between stories, dramas, and poems
  • Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are told
  • Compare and contrast themes, topics, and patterns of events in traditional literature
  • Combine short sentences using appositives
  • Combine sentences using participial phrases
  • Use a variety of sentence types when writing
  • Use correct verb tense when writing
  • Use the writing process to write a fictional narrative

Module 12

  • Use context clues to read and determine the meaning of unknown words and phrases
  • Use strategies to spell words correctly
  • Use affixes to determine new word meaning
  • Explain how the author uses reasons and evidence to support his or her points
  • Describe the overall structure of a text or part of a text
  • Compare and contrast firsthand and secondhand accounts on the same event or topic
  • Explain events, concepts, and procedures in historical, scientific, and technical texts
  • Use demonstrative pronouns correctly when writing
  • Use the negative correctly when writing
  • Use research to support writing
  • Use the writing process to write an opinion essay

Credits 1

Competencies

  • Context Clues
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of context clues by using them to make inferences, describe story elements, and learn the meaning of words or phrases.
  • Narrative Writing
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of narrative writing by identifying main ideas in text, explaining the purpose of cause and effect, and planning out narrative writing using a graphic organizer.
  • Drama, Poetry, and Prose
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of drama, poetry, and prose by explaining the structural elements of each, and how first person and third person points of view are used in each.
  • Comparative and Contrasting Writing
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of comparative and contrasting writing by explaining how cause and effect, chronological order, and problem and solutions are used in this type of writing.
  • Fables, Legends, Folk Tales, and Tall Tales
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of fables, legends, folk tales, and tall tales by comparing and contrasting themes, topics, and events, using a variety of elements to make connections, and using evidence to form an opinion of a fable, legend, folk tale, or tall tale.
  • Informative Opinion Writing
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of informative opinion writing by using timelines, graphs, charts, and the author’s point of a text in informative opinion writing.
  • Using Details in Stories, Plays, and Poems
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of using details in stories, plays, and poems by using details to summarize texts and find a theme, and comparing and contrasting points of view in stories, plays, and poems.
  • Main Ideas and Text Structure
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of main ideas and text structure by using inferences and text evidence to determine the theme and structure of a text.
  • Fairy Tales and Myths
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of fairy tales and myths by comparing and contrasting themes and topics within fairy tales and myths.
  • Multi-Paragraph Informative Essay Writing
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of writing a multi-paragraph informative essay by integrating information from at least two texts and using and explaining the purpose of an introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion in an essay.
  • Narrative Writing- Fiction
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of fictional narrative writing by using descriptive language to provide readers with more details about the different elements in a story.
  • Text-Based Evidence in Opinion Essays
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of text-based evidence in opinion essays by comparing and contrasting technical texts, scientific texts, and historical texts, explaining the differences between firsthand and secondhand accounts, and writing an opinion essay using these techniques.

Pre-Requisites

None

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